As high school students, many of us would’ve dreaded the idea of attending summer school. It takes away the free time you gain during the summer and you must spend another three months doing schoolwork. However, once high school students enter the “college world,” most students develop a new perspective and appreciation for summer classes.
We all want to graduate on time and summer classes are a great way to ensure that it happens. By taking summer classes, students won’t see the need to overload their fall and spring semesters. If you hold off on a general education course during the spring semester, you will most certainly be able to take that during the summer. Gen. Ed. courses are in a abundance during the summer months. The quicker you complete those Gen. Ed. courses, the faster you can take your core degree courses and the ones you find most interesting.
Summer classes can also have the benefit of being cheaper. Looking at the tuition prices in terms of West Liberty University, this statement holds true. Tuition for a full-time summer semester is $1,920 for in-state students compared to $3,840 for a full-time fall and spring semester for in-state students. In-state students are saving exactly half of what they would pay for tuition during the fall and spring semesters. On top of that, summer semesters at WLU are generally six-weeks compared to 16-weeks. Not only are students saving money, but students are completing classes in a shorter amount of time.
Many students may argue that the compressed schedule could lead to more schoolwork and longer class hours. Well, this may be true, summer classes are worth the sacrifice. If you are behind on certain classes, this will give you the opportunity to get back on schedule. However, if you are on time to graduate, this could give you the option of graduating earlier than expected. Summer classes also present the ability to complete internships during the school year due to moderate workload.
After a mentally-tough spring semester, many students would not want to take summer classes. Students may be burned out and the summer gives them the ability to rejuvenate before the upcoming fall semester. Due to the compressed schedule, summer classes can be taken at different times of the summer. Maybe you do want a small break from school before the summer semester. Therefore, students are allowed to wait and take classes during the second summer semester, which may begin in June and July. Students may not get the entire summer off, but at least it will give students a small break.
Summer classes are beneficial to every student, and these classes should be recommended by professors and faculty. This allows students to get back on track or get ahead, and most times, summer classes are cheaper. Students will see a more intensive workload and their summer will be cut short, but the pros outweigh the cons.
Take advantage of this opportunity to get ahead!
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