Actually, the race doesn’t begin. Evergreen isn’t a very competitive learning environment-it is much more cooperative and centered around group learning. However, the race has begun in the sense that fall quarter (we are on the quarter system here: fall, winter and spring) has started and my schedule is already packed!
A typical week for me this quarter looks like this:
Monday: homework, friends, homework, club meeting for Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression student group
Tuesday: homework, work at the Writing Center 2-6, club meeting for Mid-East Solidarity Project
Wednesday: Economic/Excel workshop, various club responsibilities, work at the Writing Center (homework? seeing friends?)
Thursday: work in the Writing Center 11-5….then Olympia Dance Co-op! (free form dance to a live DJ every thursday night…it is like 5 Rhythms and movement meditation)
Friday: Staff meeting, homework, FRIENDS!
Saturday: whatever I want- there are usually awesome events happening on campus and in the area….this weekend is the Olympia Arab Festival that I am volunteering for!
Sunday: Church at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, poetry workshop, grocery shopping, and dinner/hanging out with my roommate and some homework.
I do homework for about 40 hours a week, work at my job as a peer writing tutor for about 15 hours, and activities with clubs for about 5 hours.
I don’t have class this quarter(hence the many hours of homework because it is my class) because I am doing an Independent Learning Contract (ILC) for 16 credits called “Case Study of the West Bank Economy: Intersections of Race, Ideology and Imperialism”. I’ll talk more about it in another post.
Most students at Evergreen have class time for about 12-15 hours a week and are expected to do 1-2 hours of homework per credit. So for a 16 credit program (which is very common) you are looking at up to 15 hours of class time plus 32 hours of homework…..you are looking at a 47 hour school week before adding in time with clubs, friends, and taking care of personal needs. Whew!
Things can get hectic but what is great is that most people are pretty relaxed and passionate about what they are learning, so the vibe isn’t stressed and depressing. Especially at the beginning of the quarter-it is awesome to hear about all the cool interdisciplinary programs your friends are in. For example, I have friends in programs dealing with:
Public Health and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Math, Physics and Animation
Mt. Rainier and Environmental Policy
Introduction to Natural Science
Making Effective Social Change
American Indian Sovereignty
Food, Health and Sustainability
Power in American Society
The list goes on! Check out the academic catalog if you haven’t already….choosing your program is the hardest decision to make because you usually just pick on for 16 credits.
Some folks do a mix of 4, 8 and 12 credit Evening and Weekend studies which can be great, especially if you have to work during the day, but you don’t get to bond with your classmates as much as you do in a 16 credit program.
If you have any questions about what it is like to juggling school, a job, friends and extracurriculars, just comment! Everyone’s experience at Evergreen is pretty different based on their interests, so I would love to hear yours and share what is happening here.