Newman should lengthen time between classes

By Cole Thompson, Guest Writer

Between classes, would you like to have the opportunity to use the bathroom? Print an assignment? Decompress from the stresses of the previous class? Get something to eat? Or even have the time to talk to your friends?

These are certainly things I wish to do between classes, mostly so I could feel refreshed for the next one.

Students at Newman University only have 10 minutes to get from class to class, which makes it virtually impossible to do any of the previously stated activities and still make it to the next class on time.

This causes unnecessary stress, and an increase of only five to eight minutes in a passing period would make a drastic difference to students not only physically but psychologically.

I understand that this may not be a major issue or concern for many students, as not everyone has classes back to back. Nonetheless it is a major inconvenience and even an individual stressor to the students that do. Last semester, I had to walk completely across campus from a class in Eck Hall to another class in De Mattias, and 10 minutes wasn’t long enough.

Going to the restroom is the biggest issue for me. Throughout the semester, I would walk fast through campus, disregarding the life around me in order to use the restroom before the next class begins. I also am aware that we’re in college now and we do not have to ask permission to use the restroom, but leaving for a break means I could miss important information being presented in class.

Even at Wichita State University, students get 15 minutes between classes. I understand the campus size of WSU is a little larger than Newman’s. However, it still provides students more of a cushion to use the restroom, buy a snack, or talk to their friends.  If Newman followed this procedure, I believe student happiness would increase while bringing the levels of stress down exponentially.

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