Winter is coming

Rex Barber, writing in The Johnson City Press, had a nice article on our upcoming Winter Session over Thanksgiving break.  We're excited that it's giving students an opportunity to complete their degrees more quickly.  The students featured are two of our majors. Here's a taste:

More school days: ETSU winter session offers chance to get ahead
Caryn Cash is an ETSU senior majoring in general studies. She plans to enroll in the master’s degree in occupational therapy following graduation.

Cash delayed college to serve as a medic in the Army for 6½ years, so she was eager to finish her degree to move on to graduate school.

“So the winter term prevents me from having to take 18 to 20 hours each semester,” Cash said. “And it won’t put so much pressure on me my final semester.”

Cash had been taking 16 hours of class each semester. A full-time load for an undergraduate student is considered to be 12 hours of classes.

“I just think it’s a great idea that ETSU did and I was like, ‘I’m taking advantage of it,’ ” Cash said of the winter session.

Chris Holmes also is a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis in marketing and management.

Holmes said the winter session will allow him to graduate in May rather than December 2012, which was his original plan.

“It’s amazing, because that means I’ll be able to enter the work force almost seven months earlier than I was supposed to,” he said. “There’s not that many words to tell you how wonderful it is to get done with school,” Holmes said.

The session will last a few weeks into the spring 2012 semester. It overlaps on purpose in part to give students the option of using their spring financial aid toward the winter term.


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