The Truth Behind Taking A Class During Winter Session, It's So Worth It!!
If there is anything to know about the University of Delaware, outside of it being an amazing school, it has a 2 month-long winter break. Yes, a whole 2 months! The first month is during the holidays and that’s when the break is fun. You’re with family and friends, and you’re away from the demanding course load that inevitably comes with college. It’s really nice, but after that first month comes and goes it gets dreadfully boring!
Last year, I didn’t do a lot during my winter break. I went on a couple of trips (one of them being life-changing, but that’s for another time), and I spent time with family and friends. I didn’t have a part-time job, and these trips took up about 2 ½ weeks of my entire break, so I got really bored. When all of my friends left for school, I spent my time home alone with my dogs. I love my two dogs, but they can only entertain me so much. It was a boring time, and it was something that I never wanted to go through again.
This year, I decided to take a class at UD. My major demands me to have a heavy course load of 16-17 credits every semester up until my final semester when I student teach. My major requires me to also take a lot of hard science classes and I have to take them in a condensed amount of time. Despite this I still love my major, and winter session seemed like the perfect time and opportunity for me to take Physics!
I knew that Physics would be a challenge for me for a lot of reasons. The biggest being I have no background knowledge or any experience taking a physics class. I never took it in high school. Add that to Physics being an incredibly hard course in general, there was a good chance of me not doing well in this class and I wasn’t going to let that happen.
With this in the back of my mind, I knew winter session would be the only time I had the opportunity to devote all of my energy into Physics. I wasn’t taking another class, I didn’t have to worry about my non-academic involvements, and most of my friends weren’t on campus. I was able to quite literally follow the mentality, eat, sleep, physics, repeat. I did just that.
I woke up, did my morning routine, made a cup of coffee, went to physics for 3-4 hours, sometimes I would stay there to go to the help center, and then I would come back. I would take a quick break and get straight into Physics until dinner. After dinner, I would go back to studying physics until it was time to sleep. Yes, I spent well over 8 hours of my day doing Physics.
I studied for over 8 hours a day because I didn’t want to just pass this class, I wanted an A. I know that’s ambitious, but why not shoot for the stars if all I am going to be doing is Physics? That’s what I did and there were some very hard chapters, but I fell in love with Physics. It was a challenge, but it was a fun challenge. Also, my professor for this class is easily one of the best professors I have ever had. He is funny, caring, and wants everyone to get an A. He is determined to make Physics easy and fun for everyone. Is it easy? No, but it’s fun and I enjoyed going to his class every day this winter session.
The fact that I was studying for 8 hours for a single class wasn’t unique. People who take classes during winter session are most likely working all of the time. You’re trying to condense a 14-week class into 5 weeks, that’s a lot and it’s going to make the course load more intense. It can be a lot, but it’s so worth it. I have had so much fun and I have never been bored because there is always something to do, whether it is read a chapter, study for my quiz, watch Netflix, the list goes on.
If I wasn’t taking a class, I would honestly be counting down the days until I could come back here. I like being busy and taking a class during winter session is the best way to be efficient and effective with your time. It’s so worth it, so if you have a class that you just need to get out of the way do it over winter break because you won’t regret it.