OPINION: Taking a class in the Summer 2021 Semester will accelerate your learning

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There’s no doubt that the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters have been challenging for students, but don’t let that discourage you from taking summer classes. 

Taking summer classes may seem like a chore, but they can be beneficial to students who want to graduate early or those who want to get a difficult class out of the way during the summer with a smaller class load.

For many, myself included, these past couple semesters have been difficult. From online classes to difficult professors, or both, students have been challenged more than usual by the circumstances that have been presented to them by the COVID-19 pandemic. As students, we should still be motivated to learn and get past this.

Summer classes can present ample opportunities to learn due to usually being shorter or offering a lighter workload. For the spring and fall semesters, there’s often added pressure to take on at least 12 or 15 credit hours of classes. With summer classes, the amount of credit hours is completely up to you with very little pressure. 

I know a lot of students are wanting to enjoy a long summer break to relieve some of this stress, especially due to the spring break cancellation. I certainly want to. But enjoying the break doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t save some time for extra classes.

With travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic still a large problem, students should try to give themselves a reason to stay around campus or not travel an excessive amount in order to keep themselves safe. In this case, being safe can also save you a lot of time and money.

Students like myself usually want to have the college experience, but also want to save as much money and time as possible. Summer classes can help with both, giving you the opportunity to take classes you need to graduate without paying large tuition fees. 

Most students want to have fun over the summer, but summer classes also give this option. You have the option to take a smaller load of intense classes for three weeks instead of more drawn out classes. This allows you to have plenty of time to have fun in the summer while getting extra or required credits.

These classes can also help those who are behind catch up on credits. If you’re only a few credits away from being considered the next grade, a class over the summer could help you get there and get one step closer to graduation. Too many students and friends of mine pass this opportunity up and it could help them graduate just a little bit sooner than expected.

A friend of mine is in her second year of university, but already has enough credits to be considered a senior due to summer classes and dual-credit courses from high school. While her major still requires more classes, she’ll end up saving time because of those extra classes she took.

For some, they want to graduate with their friends and this might not sound appealing, but summer classes offer more than early graduation. The choice to take classes over summer vacation can also present you with the opportunity to consider a double major. While double majors can usually be a challenge, taking some of the more difficult classes over break can make it more realistic.

This is something that should be considered during the coming weeks. You could do a single major and get your degree, or you could take advantage of summer classes and go for that double major that would look even more impressive on a resume.

The start of registration for the Summer 2021 semester is March 29. Schedule appointments with your adviser and talk to them about the possibilities of summer classes. They’re there to help you, so use that resource.


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