Hello! I was just wondering if you would recommend taking Physics 235 during the summer with Covid-19 still impacting other opportunities. I am a little nervous about not giving myself a break during the semesters, but I also do not want to constantly overload my semesters. What should I do?
It depends on what you would prefer to do! If you take Physics 235 during one of the Spring/Summer sessions at UMich, it’s important to keep in mind that it will move at a much faster pace than during a normal full-term semester. As a result, you will be spending more time each week attending lectures and studying for this class. We normally recommend only taking one science-heavy class during the Spring or Summer term, since taking two simultaneously places a full workload on you. This being said, if your future semesters are looking busy then the summer can be a great time to take this class since you’ll only be focused on it. You could alternatively take Physics 235 during the Spring (or Summer if it’s being offered this year), and take a break from classes during the Summer session to explore other volunteer/work opportunities before classes start again in the Fall. We also have a blog post linked here that details how Physics 235 has changed since classes have gone remote. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this more, feel free to stop by our peer advising hours from 6-10pm on Sunday-Wednesday.
I hope this helps!
Lakshmi, PMH Advisor