College life is full of new and exciting experiences. Students are suddenly offered far greater freedom, loads of new people to meet, and courses that offer new and challenging ideas. One primary challenge in college is time management. Since schools may divide students' time according to a quarter or semester system, this seemingly mundane aspect of college life should be carefully considered. After all, one's life activities will be determined in no small part by how their classes are structured.
A year spent on the semester system will often start earlier in the year, but then it will end earlier as well, though with a shorter winter break relative to quarter systems. This is typically better for students who wish to pursue work or other educational opportunities over the summer. The semester system also tends to align with the systems most of us experience in high school, thus providing an easier transition for first-year students.
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