'UChicago students need more time to think.'
Nathan Cairn Goldthwaite, a third-year in the College, at The Chicago Maroon.
"I hold administrative scheduling policies responsible for taking away our free time. Our professors routinely cram a semester’s worth of material into ten-week (now shortened to nine-week) quarters, and the pace and volume of work required quickly overwhelms us and shuts down opportunities for genuine reflection, engagement, or enthusiasm. We are constantly studying for endless exams, reading hundreds of pages for class, or writing papers. High-density courses in the College encourage students to memorize and regurgitate material and embrace academic vocationalism (like buying spots in easy courses) and outcome-oriented studying (or cheating) in order to stay afloat."