by Sarah Willson
With only about a month of classes left, the spring semester of 2018 is beginning to come to a close, meaning you can finally kick back and take that well-earned summer break, or so you thought.
Though summer should be a time spent relaxing, hanging out with friends and maybe earning a bit of extra cash on your summer side job, it should also mean keeping your head in the game, at least academically speaking. Yes, you should take that summer course. Yes, it’s a drag to have to have to keep on top of deadlines during your vacation, but it’s also worth it in the long run.
Personally, I would have never even considered handing over another paycheck to a public university until I realized that, if I didn’t, I was still going to be stuck as a freshman despite it being my second year of college. This situation came to light after I suddenly withdrew from an introductory Bimolecular Science class that my advisor had signed me up for my first semester of freshman year. While at first the class caught my attention, it was needless to say that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing in it, practically failing as a result.
After two failed tests and a whole lot of extra help, I took the “W” for the course and fell to a part-time student, something I had originally wanted to avoid at all costs. I quickly realized that my opportunity to add another course to my schedule was already far in the rearview mirror, as it was already the middle of September.
Though I had managed to do well during the remainder of the year, it was evident that if I wanted to be at “sophomore standing” by next fall, I would need to take a summer class. So, that’s what I did. To this day, it’s a decision I don’t regret making.
Not only did taking a summer science course knock out one of my general education requirements, it also allowed me to maintain my academic brain even when classes weren’t in session. I had the leisure of not having to travel all the way to campus for class because it was right in front of me online. This was by far one of my favorite things about taking a summer class; I could do the work whenever I wanted and wherever I wanted with no professor to answer to but during an online test.
It’s also because of the summer course that I now have the ability to take more classes that are portioning to both my major and my minor, something I otherwise wouldn’t have necessarily been able to do.
The downside to a summer course, however, is the financial aspect of it. If you have the economic means to take a course, do it. Even if not, Central often offers financial aid to those who need it, which can be a huge help. Maybe, if you’re really dedicated, you might just be able to shave off a semester or two.