How to Survive Summer at College

How to Survive Summer at College
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    College is over for the academic year for most students, but for some collegians the next few months will be filled with taking classes and making use of study time.

    Welcome to “summer school” two of the most dreaded words for students who prefer to be doing anything besides taking classes.


Taking summer college classes shouldn’t evoke the same level of consternation students face while in grade school. Most college students have a choice on whether to attend school in the summer or do something else. However, if you want to graduate with your class and have fallen behind, then the summer months can give you what you need to finish school on time.

Summer Survival Tips

Given that you may still prefer to do something else with yourself this summer, the following are some coping strategies to put in place as you go to school this summer:

Understand some basic considerations — Some colleges and universities offer one summer semester while others offer back to back semesters with the second semester concluding within a few weeks of the beginning of the fall semester. While taking classes during both semesters may help you knock out some classes, will it be burn you out to be in school all summer with only a limited amount of time to recharge your batteries before the fall?

Evaluate your needs — If you need to take two classes during the summer, you might be able to take them both together during one semester. Keep in mind that if you’re attending class every day, you may be in the classroom for five to six hours and spending an equivalent time daily studying and preparing papers. Can you reasonably handle an intensive commitment for six consecutive weeks without a break?

Examine the possibilities — Some colleges welcome independent study which can be a great way for you to meet your required class load and take a class, but on your own time. Your school may have an arrangement whereby you submit a project to a professor who allows you to work on it on your own time. You may need to submit the occasional report to gauge your progress with a final report due later in the summer. Are you disciplined enough to handle your own schedule?

Explore your options — If sitting in a classroom for hours each day while everyone else works or plays is a disturbing thought for you, another option is online study either through your school or another program. Distant learning has opened up possibilities that did not exist a generation ago, a way for you to get some credit under your belt and on your own terms. Does your school offer a distant learning option?

Finally, summer classes on campus do not have to be a total “downer” for students. Some students have found that the more relaxed atmosphere on campus is conducive to learning while also giving them plenty of time to spend with friends or go for a swim later on in the day.


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