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Intersession: A Pretty Hard Job, Actually

By Trisha Chen

Chris Bauman teaches studio art. Photo by Matthew Silverman

Intersession approaches, and by now, everyone has received that email revealing their afternoon class. Whether you’re excited for your class, or devastated that you didn’t get the one you wanted, you deserve to know what goes on behind the scenes. How are intersession classes made and passed? How are the instructors are chosen? Why have some classes disappeared from the website? The Dragon investigated.

Everyone knows Dr. Wendy Little, the one who orchestrates the intersession celebration and tries her very best to fit people into their first choice classes.. Little tries her best to make future classes happen with each instructor she reaches out to. When asked what the process of choosing instructors is like, Little replied, “It’s a process of going out, talking to them, and kind of…feeling out if there’s an initial connection there… If they’re passionate about what they do and they’re willing to share that with others.” If so, Little says, she then brings them on a tour of d.tech, then works with the teacher to come up with a ten-day game plan for the class. Even after said plan gets created, it doesn’t mean the class is greenlit yet. The plan has to look and feel great, and the teacher has to seem excited about teaching a group of high school students, before it’s a definitely “go.”

Most people can relate to the feeling of scrolling through the class options and seeing almost nothing you’re interested in. Since classes can fill up quickly, all student are required to have four choices. But if you’re not interested in tech, fitness or VAPA classes, options may run low. When asked whether they thought there was variety in intersession classes, junior Hayden Navarro said, “It depends. This intersession is offering more options than the last one. I would love to see anything involving cooking though, and so would a majority of students.” Junior Renato Flores responded, “I believe intersession provides a variety of classes, however many are not useful. I wish there were more classes that could help us soon-to-be-adults.” Junior Ella Rook said, “I feel like [intersession]  has a ton of tech classes, art classes, and fitness classes, and I know that’s kind of a lot of stuff, but I’m a lot more interested in the public speaking classes, leadership classes, or personal development ones, rather than learning a very specific skill.” Dr. Little offered some insight as to why there might be less variety when she says that, “Not all topics lend themselves for a real intense, two-week intersession class.”

If you have an idea for a class, Dr. Little is open to hearing about it. She would like you to know that there is a suggestion form on the front page of the intersession website that allows students to suggest new classes. If you are a student that would like to see something else offered, please fill it out!

One thought on “Intersession: A Pretty Hard Job, Actually

  1. I’m glad that this article was made. Reading about the behind the scenes and work done to really start an intersession helped me empathize with Dr. Little and all the other teachers involved with intercession.

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