As the spring semester at most colleges and universities roll to a close, many students are likely anticipating lying by the pool or taking a trip to the beach. While that’s understandable, it might benefit you to consider taking a summer class or two. That way you can come back in the fall ahead of your peers and even closer to graduation.
We know there are other things you’d rather be doing, but we promise, there are many benefits to continuing your G3 education through the summer semester.
#1: Fast Track to Graduation
Stating the obvious, but if you chip away at credits over the summer, that just means you’re moving down the path to your degree just a little bit faster. Summer classes are offered in a variety of semester lengths – just like spring and fall semesters.
#2: It’s Quiet
The best part of summer semesters? It is quiet. Not a lot of students take advantage of a full plate during the summer months, which means you have your pick of study rooms, parking spots and seats in class. Many of our administrators are also year-round, so you’ll be able to work through career support, advising and other services without the same demands as busier semesters.
#3: Flexible for Your Lifestyle
Like fall and spring classes at most four-year colleges and community colleges, more and more summer classes are being offered in a variety of convenient formats. From in the classroom to virtual to everywhere in between, you don’t have to give up your summer job or internship to earn the credits you need. The greater freedom you enjoy with summer courses may give you more time to study and prepare for tests. You also have the added flexibility to take a summer class at a community college while still enrolled at a university or vice versa.
#4: Staying on Target
On the flip side of getting ahead, sometimes summer can be used to catch-up. We’ve all been there. Maybe you were sick during a semester or had a family emergency that caused your grades to slip in one class. Don’t fret. That time of year can be a golden opportunity to catch up in an area or subject where you’ve struggled.
One of the biggest benefits of enrolling in a G3 program at your local community college is the personable attention you receive from faculty, staff and advisors. They are your trusted allies as you work through your program and begin networking and career planning for life after college. And hey, if you spend your summer staying on track and focused on your studies, imagine what you’ll be able to do with your summer next year?