Real Life: Dealing with Summer Classes

By Kelly Leslie, Student at San Francisco State University

Crunch time is almost over and summer vacation is near, bur for most college students, “vacation” doesn’t necessarily mean relaxing by the pool for days on end. Let’s face it, this is the real world and there are still internships, work and the dreaded summer school.

Summer classes may be a great way to catch up on missing credits without setting back your graduation date, but school often gets neglected in the midst of summer fun. Here are a few things you might want to consider before registering for those extra units.

A shorter semester means more work. Most summer classes are scheduled over a shorter period of time than classes taken during the regular school year. It is nice to be able to get the class out of the way at a faster pace, but this also means a larger work load because teachers are trying to fit the same amount of work into a shorter period of time.

In order to keep up with the amount of work teachers are giving you, you will need to make school a priority.  Write all of your work down in an agenda and plan ahead just like you would if you were taking a full load.

Most universities charge more for summer classes. Summer tuition can be almost double the price of regular tuition, and they charge per unit rather than a flat tuition fee. If you need to get the class out of the way but don’t want to collect more debt over the summer, see if your local community college offers a similar class that will transfer to your university. This is a great way to save some extra money.

The classes are longer. Emily Gadd from San Francisco State University is taking one of her core classes so she can graduate in the spring, but she is nervous about doing it over summer because she is afraid school is going to take up most of her week.

"The class is three hours a day, four days a week,” Gadd said. “I’m just going to have to focus during the week and enjoy my weekends.”

Remember to focus as much as possible during the week and to take time for yourself on the weekends. It is important to find some relaxation time in the midst of all the craziness.

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