I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With The Quarter System

I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With The Quarter System

Counting down the days until summer.

After a long nine months of getting our asses kicked by schoolwork, May has finally arrived. This month, in most college student’s terms, is the time where one finally feels the relief of not having to study for exams and complete rigorous assignments for two whole months. The month where one packs up their belongings and begins to grieve over the fact that they will be separated from their friends, roommates and frat parties for an extended period of time. That’s right, May is the month where most people begin to count down the days until they are back in their element at college – that is, unless you’re a DePaul student. In that case, we still have forty-four days until our countdown begins.

When first beginning my college career at DePaul, I was thrilled with the fact that I was going to be starting school in September, almost an entire month later than most of my friend’s that chose to attend state schools. As November rolled around, I fell in love with the six-week break DePaul students receive, as we do not attend school from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. But now?

It is May, and it seems as though every college in existence is being released for summer break except for mine. Do not get me wrong – I am extremely pleased by the amounts of perks that come alongside being on a quarter system, but I am also becoming all to familiar with the downfalls. Think about it, what could one love more than waking up for a 9 a.m. class on a scorching 80-degree day in the middle of the month? Even better, what could possibly be more fun than forcing yourself to study for final exams while everyone else is out enjoying the beautiful weather? Pessimistic as it may sound, I have mentally checked out of this quarter due to the fact that I am ready to begin summer vacation along with everyone else.

We still have forty-four days until our countdown begins.

Cover Image Credit: Gina Brennan

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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