Pros and Cons of Summer Classes: Are they Right for You?

With summer enrollment nearing its end, it’s now do or die. You’re asking yourself: Should I or shouldn’t I take a class this summer?
You may be still weighing the options. Do I want to have a relaxing break, or do I want to graduate sooner? Let’s ease the decision making and examine the pros and cons of summer classes.
Pro: You can lessen your fall and spring burden if you take a few credit hours during the break. Students often find it easier to spread out their heavy load to three semesters. If your traditional semesters are too hectic, this may be the option for you.
Con: The summer catalog is typically scarcer than your fall and spring ones. If you don’t have a flexible work schedule, it may be hard to find a class that you can attend.
Pro: Summer classes often have a more relaxed atmosphere, so some students still find that they have a stress-free summer.
Con: These courses are often watered down. It’s in your best interest to avoid taking subjects that are difficult for you to grasp. If you don’t get economics, you’ll likely still struggle with that field of study if you cram it into two months.
Pro: Students can graduate a semester or year sooner if they take extra courses throughout their college career. You could use the extra time to intern, study abroad, pick up a minor or hit the job market earlier than your peers.
Cons: Summer school can eat up your time. Classes are twice as long and homework is doubled. If you need time to work and save up money, or you’ve lost touch with you friends, you may need that break.
Keep in mind that summer school isn’t for everyone. It takes dedication to take three semesters in a row. If you decide to take the plunge, make sure you have the time and the willingness to complete these courses.