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Change of Pace

 Written by    April 1, 2019

With the end of my freshman year (already) around the corner, I find myself looking back on what I’ve done and how things have changed since coming to Ohio State. One of the most memorable differences between high school life and college life (at least in terms of academics) is that everything happens faster here.

A very important thing to remember about Ohio State is that academic periods are measured in semesters as opposed to years. The overall school year is divided into two main segments: fall semester (late August–early December) and spring semester (early January–end of April). Classes are offered during the summer and winter terms, but a vast majority of students simply choose to go home.

We technically get a little more vacation time out of this arrangement, but that is more than made up for in terms of academic pacing. Imagine having to do the equivalent of two years of high school within a single school year, and that’s roughly what it adds up to.

Going through classes at a quicker pace means more work but can ultimately help you get your degree faster. (Photo Credit: Theodysseyonline.com)

This quickened pace naturally leads to new obstacles. For every school year, you now have two finals weeks (one per semester) and at least one midterm exam per class per semester (some even have two “third-term” exams and a final per semester or more). Add regular homework assignments into that and you have a pretty intimidating situation on your hands.

Fortunately, Ohio State recognizes this and does whatever it can to help students adapt to this new system. There are over half a dozen libraries on campus that provide quiet study spaces, various tutoring programs, and an academic advising program to help you choose your ideal schedule. I can also tell you from personal experience that study rooms are quite common in the residence halls, so you don’t even have to leave your dorm to catch up on schoolwork. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the recommended number of classes to take per semester at Ohio State is about 4 – 6 (depending on the amount of time each class takes), so there’s more work, but less class to worry about.

If/when you come to Ohio State, you’ll be moving at a much faster pace through school, but only so you can get your degree faster. Also, as previously stated, Ohio State has more than enough resources on hand to help you stay on top of things as you transition into this new way of doing things. All in all, this change of pace can seem daunting at first, but is manageable.

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