|Volume XXIX Issue 15||January 23, 2002|
Winter Term takes away from academic development
Andrew Holmberg - Columnist
Now, why is it that most colleges donít have Winter Term?
After being on the Elon campus for the past two weeks, I have realized that the Winter Term has become a way for students to sleep all day and party all night. During the Winter Term, Elon loses any academic feel that has been built over the past semester.
Throughout the first semester, freshmen adapt to the new challenges that college introduces. Class schedules are more challenging than last year, and it takes the student time to adapt. After finals, the students are exhausted from the challenge that they were just presented. Everyone is given a break to relax, go home and celebrate the holidays with their friends and family. Instead of returning to college after the break and begin studying again, we are presented an opportunity to take an additional four weeks off.
We get to attend the Elon Winter Term. During this term, students take one class for three hours a day for a month. The problem is that the students are given too much free time. The student can take a class that starts at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. This gives the student the option to either sleep all morning or sleep all afternoon.
There arenít very many classes that can give enough work to fill the empty schedules of the Elon students. So what do most college students do with the increase in free time and decrease in responsibility? They socialize in a party setting.
The Winter Term seems to be more of a chance to live up the "college experience" than to study single topics with more depth.
To defend Winter Term, it does give students a good chance to study abroad or do an internship. But Winter Term on the Elon campus needs to be studied again, because the term seems to be taking away from the academic development of the students on the campus.
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