By AMANDA GHANNAM, Staff Writer
“My 8:20 lab is too early!” “Well, my 6-9 night class is too late!” These are some of the common grievances held by University of Michigan-Dearborn students. Inconvenient class times can leave students with no choice but to sign up for exhausting schedules. We asked students if they would like to see class times at the university change.
Theresa Sommerville (left), a senior also majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, also identified more afternoon classes as a priority. “The 9:55 classes are too early,” she said. “It’d be more convenient [to have afternoon classes], especially when you’re driving in the snow—we all know this Michigan weather has been treacherous.” Sommerville, who lives in Westland, faces a commute of at least half an hour every day—with icy roads, trying to get to an early class can be dangerous. “And with 9000 students, we need more sections of each class,” she added. “Upper level classes always only have one section!”
Like Sommerville, Kristina Gojcaj (right) agreed, “I find it difficult to find classes in the morning—they fill up fast. I’d like to see more classes around this time, like at 4:30. The parking situation is awful in the morning too, so spreading the classes out might help.” Gojcaj, a junior studying Psychology, also had an idea for an improvement in the often dire parking situation: “We could get another row of parking spots out of that big sidewalk area between CASL and the parking lot! We don’t need all that sidewalk space,” she added.
Other than the inconvenience of morning classes and lack of afternoon options, another complaint about class times is that it’s tough to plan for different subjects. “I have back-to-back political science classes with a big gap in between, but then I only have 15 minutes in between history and poli-sci,” said Mary-Johna Wein, junior and Social Studies major. “Between subjects it’s hard to plan to walk from CASL to the Social Sciences Building, for example. And the break times are inconvenient—a 40 minute break between 2:20 and 3 isn’t enough time to do anything.”
If the difficulty of scheduling with inconvenient class times gets bad enough, UM-Dearborn might just be compelled to rethink its scheduling options. But until that day comes…good luck finding a parking spot before your 9:55.