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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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A traveller packs their bags for their trip.

By: Clare Dunn

Summer is approaching fast, and with it, the buzz of excitement that comes when travel plans become tangible realities.

This year, hundreds of thousands of college students will be travelling to different countries in the pursuit of a new world view, fun times with classmates and an excellent résumé builder. The fulfillment of all of these goals is present in summer study abroad.

Common advice given to students when they first enter into their university or college is that they should study abroad. Recent studies have shown that studying abroad helps students think more complexly, often making our thought processes more flexible and creative.

It also broadens your cultural and educational experience. Often, when a students study abroad, they go to on site locations like museums or historical landmarks, becoming exposed to different teaching and learning methods in the process. It offers a chance to practice language skills picked up during previous schooling. And it aids students in finding new interests, because they are more likely to try new things in a new place.

Future employers and graduate schools favor graduates with study abroad experience. Studying abroad shows that an individual doesn’t shy away from challenges and embrace new experiences.

The thought process behind professionals wanting employees with study abroad experience is that the world is ever globalizing. By leaving their home country, students learn how to interact with people from different cultures. And pushing student’s boundaries through foreign study is not an unreachable goal.

There are options that fit schedules and budgets. Universities are willing to work with students by advising them through class, half-semesters and semesters abroad. But some students and parents remain anxious about 20 year olds being in foreign countries.

Safety while studying abroad is important. But threats have not hindered students who want to get personal experience in order to form their own opinions about sociopolitical conflicts. Since 9/11, study abroad rates have risen by 20%. Students specifically have asked for trips to places with religious or political conflicts, and in June 2015, were given options for trips to Palestinian territories. Many advisors say that students should still seriously consider studying abroad, because the benefits are greater than the risks.

In many ways, study abroad is a way for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone. It’s one of the best ways to become an integrated global citizen.