How Much is Too Much?

Posted by at 11:31PM

Since its inception spring quarter has been synonymous with the re-emergence of the sun, warm weather, and most importantly, the time to make up for the lack of fun had during winter quarter.  Yet for some incomprehensible reason, the Stanford University administration still deems it necessary that classes take place during this festive time of year.  Often during the dreary months of winter quarter, all students have to hold too is the dream of having a spring quarter with 12, maybe 13 units max.  One filled with hours spent lying lazily in the sun on Wilbur field, or sleeping until 2 pm on class-less Fridays.  Thirsty Tuesday becomes the new Thirsty Thursday and weekends are spent in the off-campus beyond the bubble since no real work would be due the following Monday.  In theory, spring quarter is supposed to be one of stress-free bliss, a relaxing end to a very demanding year.

Ask any student how many units one should take during spring quarter and they automatically respond 12.  However, when you ask the same student how many units they have, most mumble something about having 17, 18, sometimes 20 units.  Having experienced this firsthand, I’m still left wondering how does this happen? Is the fault of an overachieving student? Are professors trying to make students suffer by only teaching that one awesome course at not other point in the year but spring (Happiness for example)? Or is Stanford to blame for demanding students to take such inane courses as PWR or anything that’s considered a GER?

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