Congratulations! You took all your final exams and completed this Spring 2013 semester! Now, what’s next?
Summer Break Doesn’t Have to Mean Not Taking More Classes.
Have you ever considered continuing college while the rest of the world is on vacation? Going to school during the time most would consider to be a well-deserved time-off period can have its definite advantages.
1. If it’s offered, you now have a chance to finally take that class you couldn’t get into during the normal school year when all the sections were filled with waiting lists. Have you ever looked on your college’s summer website for classes to check if the course you really were waiting to take is now offered? Does it now have a better time schedule for what days to meet, when and where?
2. During the regular school year, sometimes students intentionally put off a course they are afraid of, for whatever reason (its course content being foreign and too unfamiliar; the course being heavy with too much work thought of as being too unrealistic in its expectations, etc.).
If you’re in that situation and if you take that course during the summer, however, and if that’s the only course you take during the summer, that could mean you have much more time to devote your full attention to it. This condition wouldn’t have you competing with perhaps three or four other courses you would normally take during a regular Spring or Fall semester.
The course you had feared for a long time but that you take alone during the summer could mean you can now understand it better, with much less stress; and you might even score unexpectedly better on it, like a B or even an A. That same ogre of a class if taken with three or four other courses during the regular semester might have put you at a C, D, F, an Incomplete grade or a No Grade for that course. That sad situation too would have also lowered your GPA in college for that same semester, and who knows: You could have even gotten a suspension letter in the mail telling you can not sign up for any other classes in the following term. Could that also mean you lose your financial aid or scholarship money? Could that mean that you are delayed for on-time graduation and you even just drop out entirely from your college program? Of course!
So, by intentionally taking what you think is the toughest course by the toughest professor during the summer could actually be your big payoff! You are being nice to yourself while the rest of the students are “on vacation.” You now can find parking on campus, and you can really know your professor much better! Who you thought was the toughest instructor might turn out to be a kind and gentle mentor, where both you and your professor might be less pressed not having to deal with so many other problems often incurred during the regular Fall or Spring semester.
Be good to yourself! There really isn’t any “time-off” in life!