February 28, 2018
BY Nyia Crenshaw
Class times are what students build their days around. Once upon a time, the earliest class on St. John’s University’s campus was at 7:00 in the morning. Today the earliest class is at 7:30, giving students a few extra moments to start their day. Some students still find the 7am classes to be a bit much compared to other universities.
The office of the Provost weighed in on the issue, Robert Magione is the acting provost at SJU.
A school day at St. John’s begins at 7:30 am and ends at 10:00 pm.
“I feel like the scheduling is actually fine, the times aren’t bad at all,” added Zachary Crisp, a student at St. John’s University completing his third year and works on campus.
After a student has made their schedule for the semester and have been accepted for employment on campus they must send in a copy of their class schedule to their employer. From there the hours are issued to the student fitting perfectly into their schedule to help the students’ day flow easily.
“These time usually work for me. I build the rest of my schedule around them. They do conflict with work since most of my classes especially science classes are in the daytime. I have two school jobs,” added Jean- Marie Tucker
Jean- Marie Tucker, 19, attends Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, California. She recalled that a school day at her school begins at 8:00 am and ends around 10pm, similar to the St. John’s schedule.
There are many factors that affect a college students’ day. Some students have jobs either on or off campus so time management and planning is everything.
Students who have jobs must make sure their hours coincide with their class times. They must also set aside time for their studies and assignments.
Allura Young is a student at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Young added, “Most of my classes are midday which is perfect because those classes fill up the fastest. I am able to work night shifts at my non- school job.”
St. John’s University puts forth an effort to accommodate their students as much as they can, especially with scheduling with campus jobs.
Students with off campus jobs do not get this luxury and non- school relates jobs can sometimes be unforgiving about the hours they give.
“Sometimes my non- school job can be inconvenient because of its hours. It all depends on my bosses and how understanding they are, because sometimes they may really need you to work a certain shift or extra hours that are the same times as my classes,” Added Khiabeth Burgos a student of St. John’s University.
“Classes start at 8:10 in the morning and end at 9. The times are fine but scheduling is difficult because my classes are only available at certain times. Jobs and internships would be easier to schedule if courses had more available periods. My biggest complaint is that at Howard scheduling of classes may change even after registration,” added Kamilah Nall, a student at Howard University.