Summer is a great time to take a road trip, work on your tan … and get ahead on your college course requirements. That’s right, if you’re looking to chip away at the amount of time (and money) you spend in college, then taking spring and summer classes are a great option for you.
These semesters aren’t the same as fall and winter. Spring and summer classes move fast and require the same amount, if not more, of coursework, so prepare yourself before you dive in.
Remember: Spring and Summer semesters are generally condensed, which means you’ll carry the workload of a normal class in a shorter amount of time. Since everything is accelerated, classes are longer, they meet more frequently, and coursework (such as papers and exams) comes up pretty fast. With that in mind, pace yourself when you sign up for how many spring and summer classes you take. You may only want to take one to start so you can get a feel for the accelerated curriculum and how much you can handle.
When campus is empty and the weather is gorgeous, it’s that much more tempting to skip class. Don’t. Treat your spring and summer classes with the same amount of respect as those you take in the fall and winter. With the accelerated schedule, missing even one class can really set you behind, and just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your professors will be understanding if you planned a vacation for the middle of the course. Plan to show up to each and every class, and schedule trips during the regular break between spring and summer semester.
Spring and summer courses are generally much smaller, so take advantage of it! Meet some new people, dig into a subject you struggle with, or get extra face time with one of your favorite professors. The more you can take advantage of your spring and summer classes, the better position you’ll be in when the fall rolls around.
Don’t Burn Out
Spring and summer are a really great time to get ahead on your credits or take that gen ed requirement you’ve been putting off. But you don’t want to be so busy that you’re exhausted when the fall rolls around. Summer break is, after all, supposed to be a break, so make sure you schedule some time to rest, relax, and unwind before your classmates return to campus in the fall.