High school vs. college: schedule edition

| Nicole Lanzer

The transition from high school to college can be one of the most exciting and transformational times of your life. Like a captain navigating uncharted waters, the new freshman ambles through campus in completely unfamiliar territory. Yet while every experience and encounter may feel altogether foreign, one of the most obvious differences that first-year students discover is the daily schedule.

No longer at the perpetual mercy of a stocked locker, you’re free to embrace the life of the backpack-bearing college nomad. Gone are the rigid confines of a consecutive, eight-hour schedule, and replaced instead by the tailored flexibility offered by the university system. If the time for one particular section of a course doesn’t seem to jive with your desired agenda, there are usually several other alternatives to choose from. It’s like the customizable Subway sandwich, except with general and major requirements — not cheddar cheese and black olives.

While some days may still require you to rise at an absurd hour get to that 8 a.m. and slog through a course-packed afternoon until that dreaded three-hour night class, others days may not have any classes at all. Every Tuesday could be like a second Saturday — class and responsibility free. For some, adjusting to the openness of the college schedule can be difficult, especially if a person requires routine and structure. But as a whole, the ability to choose the days and times of every class allows a dependent highschooler to blossom into a self-sufficient adult. The university student schedule has the capability to accommodate jobs, internships, extracurricular involvements, and the ever-important college social scene. It also nurtures planning, coordination and the essential skill of prioritization ...

... like learning to purposely schedule a break between your 1 and 3 o’clock class for that nap you know you’ll need.