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Thats really a class?
Jessica Huebert
Antelope Staff
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Some UNK students compete in extra curricular classes.

Waking up at 8 a.m. is a foreign idea to most college students, especially just to throw on their workout attire and hit the gym. That’s way too early, right? But what if you were getting college credit to sweat in the gym?

UNK offers dozens of “out of the ordinary” classes that many students don’t realize are out there. Who knew you could actually earn credits towards graduation by taking classes on Pilates, ballroom dancing and even disc golf?  It’s true.

“I’m taking both Pilates and body toning for women this semester,” said Stephanie Folkers, a senior sociology major from Lexington. “When I got my senior check, I was informed that I would be one credit hour short of graduating in May, and both of these courses are worth one-half of a credit hour. Although I have to get up at eight in the morning to go workout, I’m really enjoying the classes.”  Part of the benefit of some of these offbeat classes is that they can fill in the one or two credits that a student may need for graduation, or even just to fill out a semester. Other classes that many students may be surprised to hear about are country dancing, tumbling, adventure walking, archery, military fitness, basketball, volleyball, about a dozen other sports and even a bowling class offered at The Big Apple Fun Center on the south part of town. Not all of these classes are available every year, but a fair amount of them are offered every other semester.

“I’m in the disc golf class,” said Nick Fingerhut, a senior construction management major from Holdrege. “I love to play the game and thought to myself, ‘I’m going to be doing this outside of class anyway, so why not get credit for it?’ It gives me a chance to get out of the regular classroom setting and have some friendly competition twice a week over at Centennial Park.” Some of these classes may just sound like an easy A, but they can also be challenging and teach basic life skills.

“In my cardio fitness class, I’ve learned a lot about different forms of exercise, such as step aerobics and spinning classes,” said Becky Mathine, a junior exercise science major from Butte. “Classes like this allow students to realize that exercising can be fun and help them get a workout routine started that they can take with them for the rest of their lives. It definitely gets me up and ready for the day!”

With registration for the spring semester already sneaking up in October, keep some of these nontraditional classes in mind if you want to add a little variety to your schedule and spice up your semester.


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