What are the Pros and Cons of Taking Summer Classes?

Posted: April 25, 2016 by woodburnc1 in Things to do this Summer, Uncategorized
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By Cayla Woodburn

Summer is a time for jobs, internships and relaxation, but summer classes are a practical option for many college students today.

Summer classes can be beneficial for different reasons. Students often struggle with certain classes, fall behind or want to get ahead. No matter the reason, summer classes take some of the usual pressure off the spring and fall semesters.

One of the benefits of summer classes is that it allows students to test different subjects. College freshmen rarely know what they want to do with their life. This makes it stressful to pick a major. Taking summer classes allows students to find exactly what they are passionate about. Plus, they could even get ahead.

Another benefit to taking summer classes is that it allows students to get back on track for graduation. Sometimes people have to retake classes or they don’t have room to fit all their courses into their schedule. The summer term is the perfect time to catch up with course work and alleviate some stress from upcoming semesters.

Many universities offer general education or prerequisite classes in the summer which could help students get ahead in their given programs. Taking these more general classes in the summer leaves room for a job or free time in future semesters. Alleviating some classes from other semesters could even allow students to graduate early.

There are many benefits to taking summer classes, but they aren’t for everyone. College students often use the summer to gain job experience or make extra money. Taking classes during this time makes it more difficult to get a job due to students’ limited availability.

Another downside that is often attached to summer classes is the lack of downtime throughout the year. Each semester is stressful, and the summer can be a time to unwind from the trauma of college. Taking summer classes leaves little room for relaxation. Instead it causes the stress to last throughout the year. This may be problematic to some students, while others find it helpful to continually be in school because they retain more information from semester to semester.

Some students spend their summer working or lying on a beach. Other students use the summer to get ahead or back on track with their studies. Whatever the decision, students must find the option that best fits their lifestyle.

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