DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | May 13, 2022

OPINION | Summer classes are just as important as fall and spring classes

Justin Woodbury, sophomore finance major from Baltimore, Maryland, contemplates whether he will take summer classes. Summer classes can be a good resource to stay academically active during the break. Trey Urban | Sun News Daily

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As graduating high school students, we all wondered if we’d be able to graduate college early.

The answer to that question: absolutely. Taking summer courses will be easier to manage graduation and allow fall and spring semester to be less stressful. 

I’m currently in my sophomore year of college. I am lucky to graduate as a junior by taking summer courses. Summer classes aren’t for everyone, but it’s the perfect opportunity for those willing to put in the work to graduate early.  

Taking summer classes makes the transition from summer to fall much easier. You’re not going to be completely numb to learning when beginning the fall semester. We can all remember going back to school and being asked questions we learned the semester before and not remembering anything. By continuing the learning process over the summer, that issue won’t be as bad. 

You also don’t have to take a full course load. Even taking one or two classes can help, and you’ll still feel like you have a break. Burnout is real for students and teachers, and it’s important to keep in touch with and know our limits to avoid it.

For that reason, not many teachers want to continue classes over the summer, which means we don’t have many options. If the semester has been a lot for you and you feel burnt out, don’t take summer classes unless you know you can handle it. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a bad summer. 

Depending on your year in school or your major, there may not be many courses applicable to you. Still, it’s the perfect time to finish off those general education classes everyone needs. All of the classes I’m taking over the summer are unrelated to my major, but they still push me closer to graduation in spring 2022. They’re all also completely online because, let’s face it, no one wants to be on campus over the summer. By doing this, I can be away from St. George and still get my work done. 

I decided to do a full summer semester, so I’m taking both block A classes and block B classes, but you can do either one if you’re not the type for a full summer course load. That would be a great option if you only wanted to take block A or block B classes.

Students don’t utilize summer classes enough, so there aren’t many options. If students want to be proactive in their learning and even graduate earlier than expected, summer classes are perfect for this goal. You can decide how many classes and when you want to take them. It’s all up to you. 

Summer classes are a great option for students, and we need to realize that. No, it might not be the most fun summer activity, but if we think about it in the long run, it’s worth it. Enrolling in summer semesters versus a whole year of school is the better option. So look into taking summer classes, it’s not too late to register, and you might find it more appealing than you think.