« on: January 16, 2006, 09:03:10 PM »
As someone that just finished this, Ill drop in.
For me, it was a giant waste. For others, it was very beneficial. I know of people that got straight Cs with only the 3 classes so if they had taken the full load they would be on their way out. At least now they can make some changes and have another stab at it. Im really pissed off though that I have to stay here for 2 months out of the summer. I really wanted to study abroad my first summer, but I can't find a single program with non-conflicting dates. As far as employment goes, that isn't really a big deal. I havent heard anyone complain about how the transitional program hurt them with employment prospects. Also it isnt like we will be in school all summer. There is a 6 week break where you could easily volunteer somewhere and get enough experience to at least be able to bull a little in the fall interviews.
I'd go ahead and ask them to reconsider you for full time. I know the people in the office and they are very nice. It won't hurt you in any way by asking. Also ask if maybe you could take 4 classes if they won't let you take all 5. That way your summer term would give you much more free time to work if that is what you really are wanting to do.