A whopping 70 percent of American colleges have semesters. But the other thirty percent of us know there's another academic calendar out there: the quarter system. The quarter system means you get ten weeks of classes and one week of finals for each of the seasons. There are, of course, lots of benefits to the quarter system. But love it or hate it, there are some things you can only understand once you've been through it. Here are a few.
Your Summer Starts Way Later Than Everyone Else's
Unfortunately, no summer for you until mid-June.
So While Your High School Friends Are Partying
And just when Your Summer's finally Getting Started
all your friends leave
And You're Stuck Waiting Until the End of September, Alone
Which means by the time school starts, you're all
...For About a Week, that is.
Your Semester-School Friends Don't Think Your Course Load Sounds Heavy
Even Though You Know the Truth
and No, it's not called Trimesters
It's the quarter system.
You Have No Idea What a Maymester or a J-Term Is
Like seriously, what are these things?
Professors Think That Only Having Ten Weeks To Teach Means this should be your life
your Midterms Never End
I once had a midterm during tenth week. What exactly is "mid term" about tenth week?
And You Don't Get Nearly Enough Time For Reading Period
still, there are some advantages
You Get To Take More Classes Than Semester Kids
Which Means You Get To Meet More Professors
And It's Easier to Double Major
Though If You Play Sports, good luck with that
Your season will never match up with your school schedule.
And If You're Involved In Theater
Just try getting a musical together in only ten weeks.
Actually, Chances Are That Any Extracurriculars Are Pretty Intense
Winter Quarter is Of The Devil
Who wouldn't want to spend an entire academic unit without seeing the sun?
But Spring Is Pretty Fun
...Until Finals Start
And Your high school Friends Are All Texting to see If You're Home Yet
"I'm still in school ... Yes, still."
still, Even Though You Complain About Quarter System Like Crazy
You Secretly Kind of Love It
And In The End, You Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
Or at least, let's tell ourselves that until it's summer
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