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Summer is Halfway Over!

June 28, 2012 in Academics, Community, Events

Bridgefest 2012

Portage Lake Lift Bridge

In review from two weekends ago, the  Portage Lift Bridge celebrated its birthday. The annual birthday celebration, otherwise known as Bridgefest, started on Friday, June 15, and lasted through Sunday, June 17. The weekend’s events included a parade, local chainsaw carving art, the Keweenaw Chain Drive bike race, live music, a fireworks display, and several other fun events. Also, as part of Bridgefest, the Houghton Rotary Seafood Festwas held on the Portage Waterfront. Michigan Tech students and local community members flocked to the downtown area to enjoy a weekend filled with delicious food, great music, and good times.

End of Track A Summer Courses

Believe it or not, seven weeks have already flown by since the end of the spring semester. For those Michigan Tech students taking summer courses, that means last week was time to prep for final exams. Final exams for Track A courses were officially scheduled for Friday, June 22. After final exams, students taking Track B courses had a short weekend break before starting on Monday, June 25. From my personal experience, taking summer classes can be a lot of hard work and can take a lot of discipline. At times, summer courses may seem easier because student organizations are not meeting and there are not as many campus activities, but summer classes are also at a much faster pace than courses during the normal academic year.

During the academic year courses are fourteen weeks long and usually take place every other day. This not only provides students with more time to take in and study the material, but also more time to complete homework assignments. During the summer, courses are seven weeks long and typically take place Monday throughThursday. In the summer, students typically get three-day weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, but overall students are still learning the material much faster and therefore have exams and homework assignments due more frequently.

My advice for students thinking of taking summer courses: do it, but don’t overwhelm yourself. It is really a great experience to be in Houghton in the summer and enjoy all the fun activities, but I would recommend taking no more than 6-9 credits each track in the summer. Leave time to enjoy what the Keweenaw has to offer and also make sure you leave yourself time to do your course work!

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.
Samantha Allen, seallen@mtu.edu