The sun may be out, but class is still in session for some of us. While lounging on the beach may be more desirable over being cooped up in a classroom, we understand the importance of education. Here are four survival tips for summer schoolers to keep the season classy.
1. Enroll in a summer class you have a genuine interest in. If you’re heading abroad this summer, take that required foreign language course to hone in your linguistic skills. Want to take up a new hobby? Enlist in a photography or arts class so that you not only fulfill a prerequisite but enhance your creativity simultaneously. It makes tackling hefty projects and knocking out assignments a breeze to make room for the fun in the sun you crave.
2. Take your classes at a reasonable time. Let’s be real. Summer means weekday hangovers so if you have the option to take an afternoon or night summer class, opt for those over the morning sessions. However, maintain a sense of responsibility and don’t party binge throughout the week if you know you have an exam or important presentation to give.
3. Knock out the general studies courses pronto. Every university requires a set list of courses each student must take to graduate. Get rid of the philosophies, maths and sciences over the summer so that during the fall and spring, you could make room for internships and extracurricular courses. It will feel like an academic weight has lifted off your shoulders.
4. Remember it’s only temporary. Most summer classes do not take the entire summer but are rather concentrated into a tight space of several weeks. In nature, a summer class is somewhat of an accelerated course that squeezes nearly four to five months of material. Remind yourself that it’s towards that goal of graduating (graduating early or finishing grad school for the overachievers). Nothing worth having ever comes easy.