If only a school quarter actually cost a quarter

When I was a young college co-ed (you know, back in the days when they still thought the Earth was flat), we students found college to be sort of, um, pricey. Mind you, this was between 1986 and 1990.

Hey, don’t look so surprised that I finished in four years. And that I’m that old. Hmpf.

Anyhoo, as I was saying, back in the day, we thought that our undergraduate degrees were coming at quite an excessive cost. That is — to our folks.

Because, both Kerry and I (and perhaps, we’re the exceptions and not the rule) attended Youngstown State University circa a time when many a YSU-goer’s bills were paid for by their parents.

(NOTE: Kerry is two years older than I am, to be extremely clear. Just sayin’.)

Ahem. Back to our folks bailing us out.

Truth be told, my folks (and my mom’s mom) rounded off the tab for me, basically. Sure, I got a few scholarships — again with the surprised look, people? — but nary enough to cover the whole shebang, thank you very much.

For my part, a big and literal debt of gratitude is owed to both my parents and to my maternal grandmother (“Grammy”) because they truly covered my behind, er, bills. That is to say, the balance of what my scholarships didn’t cover.

Thanks to the three of them (literally!), I graduated from college on time and debt-free.

Lo and behold, that is not the case in today’s everything-costs-quadruple-what-it-used to world. Indeed, the price of higher education today is, well, higher.

Like, a lot higher. Gulp.

Look, my kid’s no slouch. He’s never earned anything less than an A- his entire educational career. Seriously. And he had a ton of both swim and scholastic scholarships, by the by. What can I say? Recessive genes?

At any rate, I low-key resented being on the quarter system in my day, especially during that last quarter when I had to take summer classes in order to graduate in four years.

Naturally it was my own fault, but I feel so much better blaming the quarter system. I mean, wouldn’t you?

According to https://bestcolleges.com here’s the 4-1-1:


・ Students who take semester-long courses get more time to digest new material;

・ Since the semester system closely aligns with most high school and community college schedules, traditional college students adjust more easily to university life;

・ Class periods on the semester system are usually shorter than those on the quarter system, lasting around an hour and accommodating most college students’ attention spans.


・ Full-time students on the quarter system take fewer classes at once (usually three to four). As a result, they may find it easier to focus and succeed in their coursework;

・ Having shorter breaks between quarters can help students retain their studies and may make it easier for them to recall prerequisite material;

・ Internships can be trickier since businesses and organizations generally set internship program dates around a semester schedule.

Ah, well, at least we set a decent example for the kiddo — who smashed both of our collegiate accolades in terms of, um, pretty much everything.

I sure hope that smarty-pants picks a nice retirement place for his ol’ mom and dad…

Kimrerer is a columnist who seriously wants to go back to school, to compete the master’s degree she started like, two decades ago. Feel free to send her your college transcripts at pkimerer@zoominternet.net


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