Oh, wait… did i just say summer classes? Why on earth would anyone want to participate in such thing?
Taking summer courses might not be the most favored idea by all, but according to USA Today College, summer terms have become an increasingly popular option for students who are seeking to remain academically productive, even after the spring semester concludes.
If you know anything about summer courses, you would know that they are just a packed down version of a regular course, that being they cover the same exact material from a standard college semester, but are compressed down to a 4-6 week session.
Whilst there being several disadvantages to taking summer classes, such as not having the supposed “freedom” to do as you please every hour of your day, or even getting overwhelmed at the compacted information getting taught to you in such a short period of time, there are even greater advantages to overpass the downsides.
Summer courses are a fantastic idea if you would like to, per-say, lighten your work load during the actual academic school year. That way, you can evenly balance out your classes so that once fall/spring semesters roll around you don’t have to enroll in an many classes as you would need, since you got the credit taken care of during the summer. For example, many prerequisite or general education courses are commonly offered during the summer term because they happen to be the ones that get the most full quickly during registration periods.
Another advantage as stated by USA Today College is that summer classes, as assumed, tend to have fewer students, thus allowing more interaction between you and your professor. With this, one’s questions may be answered with more in depth, and on a more name-to- name basis.
Most students who participate in summer courses take about on average 2-3 classes, as opposed to the standard semester in which most take 4,5, or even 6 classes at once. Because of these reduced course loads, one will have the ability to put forth their focus more efficiently. With that being said, I know where i’m heading this summer, and it’s not to the beach. Straight to the classroom I go.
-- Lupita Villareal