You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.
Although the thought of summer school was dreadful in high school, as we grow up and move through post-secondary, the stigma starts to shift. Whether it be to ameliorate your GPA or avoid repeating a course during the normal academic year, summer classes have been growing in popularity. As some of you might already know, there are some serious advantages to adding a course or two to your summer plans. We have come up with a list of the top 7 reasons to enroll in a summer course:
I may be stating the obvious with this one, but arguably the number one reason for taking summer courses is to graduate quicker. One course per summer and you’re 3 courses down! Two courses per summer and you cut an entire semester off your academic career. There is no question, earlier graduation is a great reason to take summer courses.
Get Better Marks
As students who take 4-6 courses a semester, taking only 1 or 2 courses allows you to centralize your attention on a smaller amount of content. With a stronger focus and less to learn, you will inevitably get better marks. You might not want to sit through summer lectures, but you GPA will be thanking you.
Without all enrolled students running through campus, summer courses allow for smaller classes and a much less busy campus. No more filing through giant groups of people in narrow hallways or waiting in a 20-minute line to talk to your prof. after lectures.
Decreases Normal Workload
Another great reason to take summer courses is to decrease your workload during the scheduled school year. Fewer courses = higher grades (and fewer finals!).
Taking a summer course undoubtedly helps you get over that September slump. You know the one – when you’re not quite ready to be back in school so you ~slack off~ a little too hard during the first
two three weeks. Taking a summer course allows you to do the bare minimum to stay in a routine and avoid that dreaded slump come the start of the new academic year.
Take a Cool Elective
Whether you’re taking summer courses to get ahead in your studies or decrease your workload throughout the academic year, taking a summer course can offer the opportunity to enroll in a cool elective you may not have had the chance to take otherwise. The Art of Listening, Sociology of Deviance, Horror & Fantasy Films? Count. Me. In.
Try Another School
Another great reason to take summer courses is that you can sign up to take a class at another institution. With a simple “Letter of Permission” or “Visting Student” application, you gain your ticket to ~summering~ in another city. Toronto, Vancouver, California, New York City – where will you vacation next summer?
Stay on schedule
Avoid repeating a failed course in the normal academic year by taking it over the summer. This way, you won’t be stuck with a semester with the dreaded course overloading, nor will you be a course behind. Staying on schedule after a failed course is a great reason to taking summer courses.
What are you waiting for? Plan to sign up for a fun summer course!