Dear future college students,
Take summer classes.
If you’re anything like me, you get bored with the mindless repetitive, tune out your professors to ponder the effects of the Fed’s next meeting, and daydream of a day when school will no longer appear on your calendar. College is a blast, but it gets old.
Summer classes are the only solace. Here’s why summer classes should be on your to-do list:
- They’re shorter – Five weeks of 3-hour classes 3 days a week beats the ever living hell out of 16 weeks of 3-5 days of class. Sure, my ADD catches me by the second hour, but there’s something to be said for covering a week of material in a single day.
- Showing up is easier – When you can’t miss a class, it’s easier to get to class. I failed a chemistry class with an A due to attendance; that wouldn’t have happened in the summer.
- They’re cheap(er) – My school has a buy-one-get-one half-off deal. Good stuff when you pay cash for school; even better if you’re borrowing.
- Classmates are motivated – The people in summer classes want to get the hell out of school and work. It’s an improvement over the lazy bums that go to 16-week classes.
- Boredom-B-Gone – It took everything in my power to stay awake in my intro finance class over 16 weeks. Since summer classes are action packed (four tests plus a midterm and a final in 5 weeks), there’s no time to get bored with the material in any given chapter. Just remind yourself new content is coming the next day.
If I could go back in time, I would have gone full-time during a traditional 16 week semester and full time in the summer, basically rotating my summer vacation to either spring or fall. Some classes don’t need 16 weeks of instruction, and I’d be much happier cramming them into 4-5 weeks. Plus, at a discount of 25-50% for summer classes, college goes from ridiculously expensive to simply expensive.
Only caveat: summer is for the classes that you know you can ace.
Take it from a guy who has plenty of “if I could do it over…” experiences with school; summer school is awesome.
Did you take any classes in the summer? If so, please share your experience. Future college students would surely love any and all input.