Apparently, my University has a policy to not allow seminar class changes for students if the reason is simply that it clashes with their part-time job. Except of course, it isn’t a simple matter. The fact a student has to work part-time is normally a good indication that they don’t have money on tap coming from home through the credit card. So surely, universities should be more accommodating?
The reason they give is that as we are full-time students, they expect us to be available at all times during the day but I would counter that with a request for them to use their common sense. As an English student, I have merely eight contact hours which means next semester, I will have two days where there are five hours gaps between two lectures or seminars. Five hours!
Some people may be used to such long breaks but I certainly am not. Although I will have to get used to working there, my optimum place to study is in the comfort of my bedroom and if that’s not available (due to falling ceilings as previously mentioned) then the comfort of my living room is just fine. What I certainly do not like is studying in a place where you have to endure an uncomfortable position, constantly watch how you are sitting and take a five minute walk for a bathroom break.
Also, what happens when you run out of work to do? Do you go buy a can of Pepsi and relax in the sun? Well no, especially given the fact buying a can of drink in Central London every day would amount to financial suicide but also the fact that it is London, hence the noticeable lack of sunshine.
I am not sure if every university has the same policy. In a way, I can understand where they are coming from as then they may be inundated with requests but I handed in a request for Semester 2 which is still two months away yet was still denied. I do have the option of simply switching my elective module to another more suitably timed one but this elective module that has such annoyingly timed classes just so happens to be the most interesting sounding module of the year!
Until Next Time
A Worried Student
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