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VIDEO: The advantages of J-Section

Find out more about J-Section on the FEAS website.

Video transcript:

Hi I'm Micheline Johnston

One of the first year program associates
here in the faculty of

Engineering and Applied Science

J-Section is a unique program at Queen's

The first five weeks of winter you're
repeating your fall term courses

And then the following week you
start into your winter term

You finish in the middle of June

And go into second year seamlessly
just like everybody else

I've had a real fun time
teaching J-Section

I can appreciate that coming
from a high highschool in grade 12

To an environment like this where you're
being exposed to some fairly high level ideas

It's not going to be intuitive
it's not going to be immediate

First semester was kind of scary
being away from home

And dealing with everything

All the stress that was being thrown
at you all at once

I didn't really know how
to study at first

I would have the text book and the
class notes and the prof's notes

and it would be like "ok I'm going to
do all of them"!

But there isn't enough time to
do all of them

I wasn't one of the people
who had failed a course

But I didn't feel confident

And I felt like I could do better

I think they find themselves in
J-Section

Not for any lack of aptitude
in the subject area

More so they just don't feel confident
in the subject area

J-Section is a big confidence booster
from first semester

You're not really comfortable

And there's a lot of things to get used to

J-Section kinda slows it down a little bit

You get a chance to get a grip and
figure things out for yourself

Academically I've excelled more than
I thought I could

Which is awesome

I have no problems telling students that I've
failed exams

And trust me I've failed an exam by

A far greater margin than probably anyone
in this room

And its just part of the learning experience

In first semester I didn't ask
any questions

And now I sometimes ask questions
after class

going into 'J' I realized what study
strategies were good for me

The classes are smaller and you
get to know your prof

All my profs know my first name

If there's no relationship there is
no comfort level to ask those questions

It's been really welcoming we've all
made friends

It's very fun in class, lots
of people laughing

When you deliver a lecture
in that human nature

Students tend to recognize

"Hey this guy at the front of the room
is just like me

He's been doing this stuff for
a while longer and thats it"

Even if you don't use it, it's a great
feeling knowing you have

a back-up plan

Definitely takes a lot of stress off
the first semester

some part of me thought that
I couldn't be and Engineer

For sure I feel more confident

And I know that I can do it

Talking to a lot of people
and upper years as well

a reoccurring theme is that they regret
not going into 'J'

And I'm pretty glad that I did

I'd say if you're unsure

It probably is for you

That would be my advice

I mean why not?