Advantages of Taking Summer Courses (Even If You Don’t Have To)

Towards the end of spring semester when I was choosing my classes for fall semester I did something that many college students don’t decide to do unless it is absolutely necessary. I decided to take summer courses, even though I don’t have to. My university offers so many classes online, I figured it would be a great idea (keep reading). When classes actually started and I had to learn how to balance school, a full-time job, my little corner of the Internet and a social life, I thought to myself, “Why the hell did I think this was a good idea?” Now that it’s been a couple of weeks, I’ve learned how to balance all aspects of my life and I realized that taking summer courses is actually very beneficial and I highly recommend it!

ONE | Get Ahead

One of the most exciting parts of taking a summer course is that if you’re on-time to graduate, it means less classes to take during the school year! By the end of the summer I will have had taken two courses over a span of twelve weeks and come fall and spring semester, that means two less classes I have to take. Helllllloooo senior year!
TWO | Improve your GPA

If you decide to take summer courses as well as your regular allotment of courses come the regular school year, the extra classes will have a very positive effect on your GPA! Didn’t do so well on a past course? Is your GPA not where you want it? Do you want to go above and beyond? Summer courses can help!
THREE | Keep Your Brain Active

Okay, so this might be silly, but practice problems really help your brain exercise and keep you prepared. Hate the feeling of getting back to school and on the first day of classes you feel like you’ve never learned a thing in your life and for some reason you can’t remember what 2 + 2 equals? Reviewing (and taking summer courses, duh) helps keep the mind active so when you do get back to school you actually remember something and don’t feel like a blob of jello.
What is your take on summer courses?
Xo, Rach

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  1. June 16, 2015 / 10:02 AM

    I took a couple of summer classes, and I also took a winter class. I just loved the idea of finishing a class in 10 days.

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  2. June 18, 2015 / 8:10 PM

    Finishing the school year with finals, I'm ready to take off and looking forward to not having classes for four months. But I've realized that I'm always giving myself a list of goals for the summer, many of which start with, "learn how to…" So I guess it's not much different from taking summer classes. Well I mean, it is, but it's similar enough that if I'm willing to learn how to do random new things, I should also consider taking summer courses. It would also take more pressure off during the school year. Thanks for sharing! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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