It’s legitimately insane how fast this semester has gone. Thanksgiving break is already next week, which, thank god. It’ll be a nice respite before finals. But it’s also frankly terrifying-- UC/CSU applications are due in literally a week, and whatever happens in the next few weeks will essentially determine my grades (and probably yours, unless you’re very lucky). Also-- FINALS.
I’m kind of-- okay, totally-- freaking out, but honestly, it’s such a relief to be back on the semester system. UCSD goes by the quarter system. Meaning, three sets of finals a year, midterms often only two weeks prior to finals, etc. Some people dig it, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Quarter versus semester system is something I’ve noticed most people don’t give much thought to when they apply to and enroll in different universities, which is unfortunate because it can make such a gigantic difference. Primarily it comes down to stress management-- if you’re easily overwhelmed, plan on taking lots of or very strenuous classes, or will be adjusting to a completely new environment (new state, new city, new country? etc.) on top of everything else, it might be best to stick with what’s familiar and attend a school that goes by semesters.
Of course, there are LOTS of other considerations that go into choice of college, and there could very well be benefits that outweigh incompatibilities like systems, but it’s a good thing to think about! I personally haven’t ruled out the quarter system entirely, but I can’t say I miss it.