what do the students do during that time? i know some opt to study abroad, but i dont reckon ill be able to afford doing it four times. i dont want to just go home for two months.
do clubs travel during that time? (ex engineers without borders, habitat for humanity, etc) how much do career services help you get a job?
You don't have to attend the Winter Session to graduate in 4 years. All majors at UD have curriculums which do not require anyone to attend Winter Session. If you decide to do so be advised that all the costs (tuition, fees. room and board) are extra and can be significant, especially if you do study abroad (figure at least 10-12K for study abroad at a minimum).
Probably less than 20% of students attend the Winter Session. The reasons for deciding to attend are highly variable. Some students are doing double majors or are taking a minor and need more time to do this to complete their degrees in 4 years. Some students take courses during this time to reduce their course loads during the regular semesters, especially if they have majors with intense curriculums. Some are just taking courses that they are interested in but don't have the time to fit them into their regular semester schedules, and there are other reasons as well.
Students who are not attending the winter session choose to do many different things. Some students work at jobs or attend internship/externship positions, usually in their major area. Some of these positions are identified through contacts with the student's major department, some students find these positions on their own or through recommendations from other students. Some students are involved in research projects during the semester as well. I do believe some clubs and organizations also schedule some activities during the winter session but I can't give you any specifics. A few students don't do much of anything but this gets very boring once you do it for the first time.
The majority of Delaware students live off campus after their freshman year. Many students will visit their homes during the holidays and then return to their apartments during most of the Winter Session. If they are not taking classes during the Winter Session they are then involved in various local activities around campus (some at least are school related of various natures), work at local jobs, or just hang around with their friends.
Career Services at UD does try and help students find jobs following graduation but you have to actively be involved in this process. UD can't guarantee a student a job post graduation. A number of students find employment at companies that they have done externships/internships with while they were at UD. Again you have to actively seek out these types of things while you are at UD.
In regards to your last question the Spring semester at UD does end about 2-3 weeks later than most other colleges. So Summer jobs and externships/internships would have to start a little later and usually would then be of slightly shorter duration. I guess this could be a problem in certain situations but I don't think it is really a major problem for most students. Hope this info is helpful.
My freshman daughter is also working the two jobs that she had last winter / summer. She's nowhere close to 40 hours per week, but the money is going straight into her savings account to pay for a study abroad trip either sophomore or junior year during the winter term.
Without the jobs, it would be a long break. But we're down to under 4 weeks until she returns to campus and the time is flying by...
The study abroad semester should knock off two breadth electives that will help lighten the load in a couple of her more challenging semesters.
Daughter found job on own. Low pay, but in a field that intrigues her.
She will travel abroad once or twice. I think it is a great opportunity. She is not upset about being home for 7 weeks. She will visit two colleges and see friends during this month. She loves Udel. Wouldn't trade it for anything. She is a Frosh...
My D is working this break, but she is happy to be home because she is a junior and already knows that her schedule won't permit an extended stay at home from now until she graduates. And then who knows after graduation? She has enjoyed seeing her high school friends and re-grouping for next semester, but there is an element of the bittersweet because we can all see that this might be the last time she actually lives at home.
My DD did a study abroad during soph year and currently has an (unpaid) internship in NYC which she got on her own in a field she is interested in. They are happy to hace her for two full months. The long winter break was a novelty freshman year but you definitely should have a plan.
She also just got confirmation this week on her summer job.
I went to a college that was on the quarter system and I remember that spring break in march was a time to secure summer employment.
I should clarify that in my daughter's case, the Winter Semester is the only opportunity to do a study abroad trip without screwing up her scheduled classes that are only offered once per year in the Fall or Spring. Getting Breadth credits while experiencing life in a foreign country is just icing on the cake.
My D attended last year and is doing it again this year. She had planned to do a WS abroad this year, but it was cancelled for lack of enough participants. Other advantages are that you can take a class which you think may be more difficult for you, so that you can concentrate all or most of your time on it. Sometimes classes (or specific professors) may be difficult to enroll in during the other terms, but you can get into them during WS. She has done both of those things.
However, remember that unlike some other schools, WS tuition credits and room (unless you are in Christiana) is not free at UD. And there's also meal plan. So it comes to $5k plus.