Some people may think that the campus is deserted over Intersession, but that’s not the case! On Jan. 2, the University began its New Year as some students braved the cold and moved back on to campus to continue their studies or to work.
Many different courses are offered duringIntersession. Taking classes over the month-long break can help students stay motivated and get more class credits. Intersession classes can also help students who change their major catch up on the curriculum.
Some students also returned to the University to work over Intersession. Spending the month working helped students stay busy and get more work experience.
“Intersession is a great opportunity for students to be here for a variety of reasons,” Grace Dickson ’20, a co-director in the Admissions office, said. “I had the opportunity to delve into an online class while also getting in a lot of work hours, giving me an excuse to come back to my home-away-from-home early!”
Follow the hashtag #ScrantonIntersession to see what other students were up to this January.
The cold weather is here – intersession is on its way!
While we all look forward to spending time at home during the break, there are also a lot of opportunities available through the University during this time. Several study abroad faculty-led trips are often offered during intersession.
Christina Brannon ’19 went on a trip to Israel over intersession in 2017. It was the first University trip to Israel.
“Honestly I don’t think I would have had the guts to travel to the Middle East solo at 18,” Brannon said. “Going with the University gave me the opportunity to travel with experienced guides in a safe way. Also, we were able to ‘live’ in the Middle East as opposed to ‘touring’ the Middle East as most Americans do. Nothing against doing touristy things (of course they’re fun), but traveling through small towns and meeting with locals and hearing their stories was much more interesting than sight-seeing the major attractions in the area.”
Brannon describes her trip as life-changing.
“I always said I wanted to see how others lived and get outside of my American bubble of comfort, and traveling to Israel and Palestine was the perfect opportunity to do so,” she said. “Between seeing the major religious sights and enjoying tea with Palestinian natives that I now consider friends, my eyes were completely opened to the diversity of life that makes humankind so remarkable. Although we had our differences, there were way more similarities among us.”
Information about past trips can be found here.