Thoughts on the Spring Semester

Although we are still weeks away from the start of Rutgers’ spring semester, it is important to think about the upcoming semester and what this may mean for the course of our academic careers in university. For some of us, this means we are nearing our last semesters in an undergraduate setting. For others, this is only the beginning of an undergraduate university career. But for all of us, it is a semester to plan in advance; it is a semester to improve, study better, and most importantly, to learn more.

For myself, I have decided to explore an online course regarding my minor. I find it fitting for my lifestyle, my spring semester’s schedule, and I believe it is an option worth exploring while still in university. It is options such as this one (and others – like credit-valued courses that act as internships) to explore while at Rutgers University. I find that online courses (at a large research university) are helpful to students for a variety of reasons: commuting, days spent off-campus, conflicting work schedules with days spent on-campus, etc. This is an example of a benefit in attending a university such as Rutgers.

In the upcoming spring semester, I will also be in the process of finishing up my 21st-century core requirements for Rutgers University. Although some students may dread core requirements, or find them rather boring, I have so far found Rutgers’ 21st-century core requirements to be conversationally entertaining and politically eye opening. Rutgers’ “American Dream” course is a fresh and in-depth analysis of the idealization of the American Dream and what it means to be an American citizen (whether first-or-second generation). There are other 21st-century core requirements that are specific to the art of storytelling; the environmental landscape of the globe, as well as climate change. These are all more important benefits in attending Rutgers University.

In finishing my core requirements, taking more major-related courses, and an additional online course for my minor this semester, I hope other [students] explore the wide array of options that Rutgers’ schedule of classes has to offer. Online courses may be more manageable or suitable for your commuter lifestyle or work-oriented routines. Core requirements are diverse and mentally engaging; they are not as tedious as stereotypical opinions may make them seem. Lastly, a combination of major, minor, and core curriculum courses can balance and expand your upcoming spring semester schedule. If you’re still searching for a major and/or minor, then continue to browse the various Rutgers’ course options, as well as core curriculum lectures and seminars. There is wealth of knowledge to be adventured and absorbed at Rutgers University for students of all ages, lifestyles, phases, and backgrounds.