You don’t know how lucky you are that you go to a semestered school. Sure, you might perceive the fact that learning the same four subjects everyday for a couple months might be “boring”, but have you tried dealing with eight different subjects at a time? There’s always something due for every class and if you aren’t compulsively organized, it’s so easy for a test or assignment to slip your mind.
Not only does doing a full-year mean that you have eight different classes worth of homework at the same time, but trying to remember your schedule is twice as hard. Mistakenly showing up to your biology class when you’re really suppose to be in accounting might be acceptable if it was September (and you were a little freshman), but doing it when you’re a junior? Just embarrassing.
Of course, if you went to a semestered school, you would only have to face those people you embarrassed yourself in front of for several months before starting new classes. Definitely a bonus for all you accident-prone people out there who walk into walls (as opposed to the classroom door) and trip over chairs and desks (as well as your own two feet).
The most enviable part of taking semestered classes: the fact that you can only have up to four exams at a time. Wait, what’s that? You’re jealous that we full-year students don’t have exams right now? Well, I certainly won’t disagree that having two half-days at the end of January is a wonderful thing. While you semestered students and the seniors at our schools are writing English and Advanced Functions exams, I might be traipsing downtown with my fellow foodie Tammy in search of Sour Cherry Pie and Chocolate Croissants for lunch. Then we might decide that we’re still hungry and eat Burgers. Not wimpy McDonald’s burgers, but big, honking, juicy cheese burgers. All while you semestered folk are writing exams.
But I’d definitely choose to have half as many exams twice. As a student who takes eight courses year-round, I will have seven (SEVEN!?!??!) exams come June, as well as eight different summatives, all due at the same time.
Sometimes, I wish I went to a semestered school.
Frustrated Full-Year Student