The mornings start out with breakfast at Wilkerson (our cafeteria.) Classes start at 8. You might not have an 8 a.m. class, congratulations, but you definitely won’t have one before 8.
The morning classes are rigorous and intensive. You are learning a semester’s worth of knowledge in only 2 months. You might travel from Second Language Acquisition to Phonetics to Sociolinguistics. The last morning class ends at 11. After which there is a optional chapel service. Whether you attend or not, this gives everyone an assured hour in the middle of the day to relax.
Lunch is served at Wilkerson and classes resume at 1. Much like the morning classes, afternoon classes are built to stretch your linguistic mind. You could explore the reaches of the world in Field methods; find out why people in English say, “do you mind,” in Semantics and Pragmatics; or discover the intricacies of the workings of a language in Morphology and Syntax.
The last class of the day ends at 5 p.m., which is convenient because that’s when supper starts being served in Wilkerson.
And, of course, people don’t have classes scheduled every hour of the day. Most people only have 3-4 of the 7 class hours filled.
There is typically a volleyball game happening in the evening. Sometimes it is a part of the tournament, but there are usually people interested in a pick-up game if you are.
Aside from the optional volleyball game, evenings are typically left open for homework. It’s a good thing the sun doesn’t set until after 10 p.m., because we soak up all the energy it gives us to complete the task of daily homework. Office hours are scheduled throughout the day, but many courses have them in the evenings. Teachers want you to succeed, so they keep their doors open later than other universities to work with you. Plus, any time you catch them (you know where they live, remember), they are usually open to questions.
When your brain needs a break, there are often social things happening in the common areas. Lots of this includes working on homework in a circle. (We like to be alone, but together.) But there are puzzles, movies, billiards, or push-up clubs that you can always join.
Late Friday afternoon, people like to play Ultimate Frisbee. Friday evenings tend to have an event planned—like skit nights or parties—followed by a game of Settlers of Catan, if that’s your thing. (We used to have readings of Winnie-the-Pooh, too.)
Saturday mornings, people play soccer, and try not to break a leg. With all our international involvement, we have some awesome amateur players!
This list might seem like we are just a linguistics camp. We are a community of friends and colleagues working together to grow in linguistics. We do not take it lightly. But we also know how to have fun. We have optional activities throughout the day to keep our brains from going to mush. This will not be an easy summer. You will study hard and learn more than you thought possible in a summer. But you will finish feeling accomplished and anxious for the next summer you can come back.