Making the Most of J-Term
J-term is different and unique. Sometimes it’s weird to think about knocking out a whole class in a few weeks, but it’s actually super cool once you experience it. You do have a lot more free time, which is awesome, but because of that, it can be easy to waste time. Sometimes Netflix is just calling your name, you know? So here are a few tips on how to enjoy J-Term to the fullest.
1. Actually go to J-Term
“Duh,” you’re thinking. But seriously, I got exempt from J-Term my freshman year. Looking back, I really wish I would have changed my plans around and gone. Honestly, I didn’t have too many friends freshman year, and I now realize I missed out on meeting so many cool people during that time!
Sophomore year, I decided to take biology over J-Term. Not only did I have a blast taking that class, but I also got to know many of the people I now call best friends. Because you usually have a little more free time than normal, you’re able to hang out with others every afternoon and build deeper relationships. J-Term is great, do it!
2. Pick a class you really want to focus on
Freshman year is a great opportunity to take a free class like Christian Worldview, but it’s also a great way to knock out more credits during your other years in college. This is especially true for certain classes. I would highly recommend taking something such as a language class over J-Term.
I love languages and other cultures, but it’s hard to really learn a language well when you have four or five other classes to focus on at the same time. However, J-Term provides the opportunity to have that language be your only focus for a few weeks. Personally, I find it much easier to ingrain the language and grammar in my mind if it’s the only thing I’m studying. This goes for other classes too depending on the person. So as you think about J-Term, take a class that you want to be able to devote your undivided attention to.
3. Go Explore
Again, you have more free time than usual, so go find cool places to visit on the weekends. If you’re willing to make a little drive, there are some pretty rad places to see in Oklahoma. The Little Sahara, Great Salt Plains, Downtown OKC or Tulsa, Natural Falls or Turner Falls, the Wichita Mountains, the list goes on. Go try new coffee spots in OKC if that’s your cup of tea. Eat at the local Shawnee restaurants you’ve never tried before. I know you just received Christmas money, and good food is a great way to spend some of it in my opinion. So throughout J-Term, grab your friends and take little adventures (Top picture is an example of some fun my friends and I had while exploring). These explorations are memories that will last you a lifetime!
4. Participate in the J-Term Intramurals
Intramurals during J-Term are very unique and get really fun! There are tournaments in spades, rock climbing, four square, and wallyball… Oh man, don’t even get me started on wallyball. For those of you who don’t know, wallyball is basically volleyball played in a racquetball court. It gets crazy because it’s played with a ball that’s more bouncy than normal and the walls are fair game. So basically the ball is ricocheting everywhere, you’re spinning around and around watching it, you look ridiculous trying to hit it, but it’s the most fun you’ve ever had in your life. You want to play now, I know you do! So keep an eye out for cool events such as these. They only happen during J-Term!
5. Watch the Australian Open
Okay, okay, I realize I’m biased here because I’ve played tennis most of my life and my first words were “Andre Agassi” (Fine, maybe that’s a little bit of a stretch). But I’m just going to shamelessly throw this out here. With more free time, most college students watch Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I love Netflix, but if there’s tennis on, that’s what I’ll be watching. I get that trying to understand the scoring of tennis can be frustrating. Sometimes I still question the scoring method to this day. But hey, give it a try. Who knows, it could inspire you to get out on the court and play for real (Doubles tennis intramurals are in the Spring, so…). The Australian Open happens once a year. “Parks and Rec” will always be there for you to come back to. So in the words of my homie, Shia LaBeouf, “Just do it!”
There you are. Just a few awesome aspects about J-Term. Don’t miss out on it!