Why Be in Class Instead of the Beach?

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Summer is the perfect time to put down the books and enjoy the sun. But it's also the perfect time to pick those books back up and earn some college credit. There are a few good reasons to take summer classes when you could be heading to the beach. College students find that this alternative summer is just as beneficial as a few glasses of ice-cold tea by the poolside.

One reason students take summer classes is that it keeps them in the groove of going to school. Students can avoid that summer vacation rut that makes it so hard to bounce back into the fall semester. One of Fort Hays State University’s top 10 reasons to attend summer school is that it keeps students in the habit of being in class and studying.

At Eastern Illinois University, one of the reasons they feel that these classes are beneficial is because students can focus on just a few courses at a time. Summer classes all over the country are also generally smaller in size, thus providing a more intimate and focused learning environment that can be helpful for the harder courses.

In Stephanie Turner’s The Spectator article, “Taking Summer Classes”, she writes that taking summer classes enabled her to take a class that was not normally offered during the fall or spring semester. She also mentions that these classes could lend themselves to a student’s major. Either way, summer classes can also help students graduate on time or even earlier.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying the summer sun, taking a break from a stressful semester, and just relaxing. But if all that free time is too much, taking a class or two in the summer can’t hurt. Summer classes are a great way to earn college credits towards graduation, meeting new people, and making the most out of your years in college.

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