Summer online – to school or not to school?
Summer school? Seriously? For many students, this is actually a great option. Here are a few reasons behind the madness.
Summer is a new season of life filled with lots of rest, new kinds of work, and lots of sunburn. The last thing most students’ to-do is taking another class, writing another paper, solving another math equation, or studying for another test. As understandable as it is (because I too needed time to rest after the end of the spring semester), I have personally decided to take an online class for the summer, and will explain below my reasoning for why I chose to do so, and why you may consider to do so in the future.
Getting ahead in your degree
My first reason for choosing to take an online summer class is to complete a course. As obvious as that may seem, I find myself planning on graduating earlier than the four-year goal; this means I am working with a much shorter timeline and really need these summer classes to get ahead. I am also a relatively slow worker. Taking an online class allows for more flexibility in class pace for anyone feeling rushed in a normal classroom setting. So for those planning on graduating early or who need to self-pace for certain courses, taking some summer classes may be a wise option for sticking to your graduation goals.
Location, location, location!
Now, you can take classes on-campus during the summer. Online, however, allows you to go home and be with your family for the summer while still accomplishing those academic goals (as well as not paying additional housing costs!). I think it is great that we have this option for anyone who plans to spend the summer outside of the Virginia Beach area.
Avoiding the summer slump
Taking an online summer class seemed like a good way to keep my mind alert and sharp for the fall. Anyone who feels they experience difficulties getting back into the swing of things first semester should consider summer courses as a way to continue your momentum from the spring into the next year!
So while my class officially starts in a few days, I can say I feel rested and ready to get back to work – and I can do so from the comfort of my own home! Getting ahead in your graduation goals is always a major plus. If you are curious about online classes check out these links to see what Regent offers: Online Degree FAQs, Admissions for Online Classes, and Online Degree Programs.
Abby Trivett is a contributor to the Daily Runner.