As I’m sure most people are aware, Union is on a trimester system. This means our schedule doesn’t quite mesh with those of other academic institutions. Normally this doesn’t cause problem except for trying to meet up with friends over the breaks. However, I managed a land a REU for the summer, which is essentially a research internship. Despite special accommodations, I still have to leave Union a week early to start research elsewhere. This means taking all my finals early. To put it lightly, this wasn’t my favorite week at Union but at least the professors really made an effort to work with me. At any other institution this would be a huge issue. Here, they willingly arranged for an early exam period and just took my word that I’d not share the exam questions with my classmates. It’s really an advantage of the personal relationships that I have with my teachers.