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Regarding foreign language:
I talked to a (I think junior) Spanish major about foreign language classes. She said that foreign languages on the block plan are definitely rigorous, as most classes tend to be, but doable. She said it really helps with learning the language because it's like an "immersion" experience where your entire mind is focused on the foreign language for 3 1/2 weeks.
Also, to maintain your language ability after a block ends, there are several options. First, you can always take an adjunct class, which meets just once a week and has minimal homework, and you get 1/4 credit for each semester. Also you can join (or even just visit and talk to people in) a language-themed house. Atleast I think those houses were at CC... the colleges tend to blur a lot...
But the point of this post: Foreign Language on the Block Plan is rigorous, but possible.