Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, junior year in college starts in a couple of weeks. How is it different than the first two?
A: Well, first of all, the first two were actually four for me, but who's counting? There are two things to consider, however. First, you know the system now, so it should be less mysterious if not easier. That makes it easier to skip class. Don't. The second thing is you'll be taking classes in your major that are more interesting, relevant and real world. While that won't make the workload any lighter, it does make it more fun.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...