Sam Bernard, a second year engineering student at Franklin College, is thrilled to have his course-load drop to 17 classes in his second semester, as opposed to the 23 classes he’s been used to.
“They say things get easier as the degree goes on, and this is the first big improvement” says Bernard, whom we caught as he was rushing between classes.
“I’m looking forward to finally going back to the apartment I rent. I haven’t met my roommate yet and my name has been on the lease for four months.”
His full list of courses next semester includes Differential Geometry, Quantum Non-linear Optics, Stochastic Processes, Multivariable Calculus, Infinite Combinatorics, Computational Number Theory, Biochemical Toxicology, Algebraic Topology, Engineering Thermodynamics, Atomic Spectroscopy, Fundamentals of Stable Isotopes, Relativistic Mechanics, Plasma Physics, Quantum Paradoxes, Organic Synthesis, and two Complementary Studies courses of Bernard’s choice.
“It’s absolute freedom, and things are already on the up-and-up. The other day, I left the building and was able to take in the fresh air,” said Bernard.
“It was almost five in the morning and I had been in the lab since the Monday from two weeks ago, but still!”
His timetable has every possible square full and looks like an abused Bingo card, but he assures us that this is an absolute relief. “It’ll be great to have things so spaced apart!” he says. “Last year there weren’t enough slots at the end of the semester, so I had to write four exams at the same time.”
Unbeknownst to Bernard, none of these courses will have anything to do with his future career selling bags of soil at a Home Depot.