Some students are having trouble adjusting to the newly implemented Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule, created by the administration to free up a number of classrooms.
Common concerns include the end of a consistent three day weekend, the inflexibility of the three day work week and the shorter class periods, which have been characterized as a gift and a curse. Some students are also viewing the change as a positive since it brings more people to school on Friday, inadvertently creating a greater sense of community.
The students who seem to have the most complaints are those students who have lost their three day weekends.
“Going to class on Friday morning is not exactly ideal,” said Max Haffner, a junior finance major. “It’s pretty much consensus that the whole campus doesn’t really like it.”
“I hate it,” said Shawna Bell, a senior psychology major. “It was always nice to have a weekday off. Certain places are only open during the week, so that was my only time to get to them.” As a long distance commuter, the schedule modification has affected Bell’s pocketbook. “It also means buying more gas to commute from San Mateo to school for only one Friday class,” she added.
Some student athletes are also adjusting to their new schedules. Nicole Bowler, a senior working towards her dual degree in history and education, is part of the USF track team. “I am strongly opposed to the new schedule. It’s extremely difficult from the athlete’s perspective,” she said. “We used to have practice at 7:45 a.m. every day, but now we have to run at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday,” she added. Bowler objects the inconsistent timing of her routine and how it affects her nutrition, an important aspect of her training.
Her teammate, Ravi Amarawansa, also agrees about having a practice at a steady time. But the senior psychology major is actually accepting the positive aspects of the new schedule. “Classes are shorter and that helps me pay more attention,” said Amarawansa. With regards to a lack of a three day weekend, he said, “I think people should appreciate that they are getting an education and it shouldn’t matter that people miss their three day weekend. After all, that’s what we’re here for.”
Some students are finding it necessary to alert their professors if they get off schedule.
“The professors are used to teaching for longer periods of time,” said Fina Mora, a sophomore politics major. “They often have to cut discussions short and sometimes they take longer than they should,” she continued.
Bowler and Mora both said that the new schedule was also affecting students’ abilities to make a wage. “The new schedule is keeping my friends from maintaining their part time jobs,” Bowler mentioned.
Mora added, “It’s less flexible for other activities like jobs and community service.”
Some new students and transfers are already used to the new schedule. “[Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes] are all I’ve ever known,” said Nathan Blaustone, a junior nursing major and transfer. “The shorter classes and an added Friday kind of make it feel like high school again,” he added.
“I’m used to it,” said Tim Bonnell, a junior transfer studying biology. “The college I came from also had courses that were an hour and 15 minutes,” he continued, “but a three-day weekend would be nice.”
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