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Written by Brittany September 11, 2018
It’s my third semester at The Ohio State University, and I’ve never had a full week of classes. Semester one, my classes were Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday; semester two, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday; and now, I only have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thus, I’ve never had a weekend that’s only two days.
To be clear, I know this isn’t possible for every student, but I do know that the odds are in your favor to get a short school week at least once in your college career. For me, I chose to prioritize my schedule over the rest of my decisions, and thus I’ve crafted each semester to reflect that. If you’re looking to escape 5-day weeks, here are a few tips on how to go about it from a (self-proclaimed) expert.
Be open to weird hours. So far, I’ve had a 5:30 to 7:20 class and a 5:30 to 6:50 class, which aren’t really in the typical day of most students. These late classes help you squeeze in more classroom time on your class days, eliminating your need to take classes on your would-be days off. My Tuesdays and Thursdays are stacked with all five of my classes: 15 minutes between each with a 3-hour lunch break. I might still be in Denney hall when most people are getting dinner or back relaxing at their dorms, but I find my schedule totally doable.
Define your priorities. As I mentioned before, I made my priority my schedule. I feel that I am most productive and less stressed when I have some days fully consumed by classes and others completely empty for studying and homework; I feel I waste less time than with a spotty schedule and spread out classes where you might waste a few hours here and there that aren’t dedicated to anything. If you want shorter weeks, you need to commit fully, or it’s not gonna happen.
Don’t attach yourself to any classes. If your schedule is your priority, then your class choices aren’t. I chose the Gen Eds that would work with my schedule. Period. I’m fulfilling my two social science requirements this semester because there were two applicable classes that were Tuesday-Thursday and didn’t conflict with anything I was already taking. There were other classes in the category that might have been more fun for me, but that wasn’t really what I was wanting. I wanted certain days over certain content.
Try online. This is only recommended if you have a good attention span and can hold yourself accountable for things. If a class isn’t falling on your desired days, see if there’s an online section. I took online college classes when I was in high school, so I felt pretty comfortable I would manage my time well and be able to focus on the class when I signed up for online statistics. I did perfectly fine in the class and never had to go in-person for anything except the exams. Plus, it fit into my schedule well and I didn’t have to make my Monday a class day.
Once again, I’m not saying that this is how everybody should be or what everybody wants. This is about my college experience and what works for me, and saying, hey, maybe it can work for you too. And with a four-day weekend every week, I can ensure that my Saturdays are ONLY for the Bucks.
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