Sun, Learn, Repeat: Top Reasons to Take Classes This Summer
Ahh, it’s almost summer. Time to get energized and hang out on the beach, drink smoothies, do some tanning…and take more classes? Despite what may first come to mind when you think about summer school, summer is actually an ideal time to enroll in some of your favorite courses.
After all, who doesn’t want to hit the beach before hitting the books? Here are the top nine reasons to stick around for summer school at Valencia College:
1. Stay sharp
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your brain has to take a vacation. The more you learn and keep your brain active during the summer, the better you’ll perform during the academic year. Bonus: Taking classes over the summer makes for an impressive resume that can help you land your dream job when you graduate.
2. It’s more fun and relaxed
Fewer people on campus, more attention from professors, warm weather all day every day—summer school is just more fun than your usual semester. Just think: After class, you can head to the beach for a swim and tan before doing your reading and homework oceanside.
3. Smaller, more intimate classes
Your campus and classes will have fewer students, so your days will flow more easily with less stress and overwhelm. Plus, with smaller classes, it’s easier to make friends with your peers and form close-knit study groups and hangouts.
4. Get even more attention from professors
Small classes also mean you’ll get even more one-on-one attention from your professors. This is not only a good motivator to stay on top of your work and studies, but it also gives you the opportunity to ask more questions and to learn even faster.
5. Catch up on classes you’ve always wanted to take
It can be hard to register for your favorite classes during the spring and fall semesters because they fill up fast. Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the fact that there are fewer students. Enroll in those electives or core classes you’ve been dying to take but haven’t had the chance to yet.
6. Get ahead
Thus far you’ve been able to keep up with your classes and grades, but are you looking to get a jump start on next year or to add a few extra classes to your transcript? Rather than trying to pile an even bigger workload onto your already busy fall and spring schedule, take the extra courses over the summer.
7. You pick your schedule
You have complete control over what classes you take and when, so you can plan exactly how you want to balance hitting the beach with hitting the books.
8. Shorter term
Summer is not a full semester, which means that you get to learn the same material in a shorter amount of time. Some classes are only six weeks long, so you’ll have the opportunity to be more focused on just one or two classes at a time in order to really learn and do well. Plus, you’ll still have time for fun in the sun!
9. Make the most of your college years
Let’s face it: Summer is just more fun. So why would you want to leave your college life and friends behind during the best part of the year? Stick around campus for the best season to take classes, and you’ve got your summer plans locked down.