If you are finding yourself in a position with free time in your upcoming summer months, and if you have not yet committed to a job or professional position, now may be your perfect time to get ahead or catch up on your courses! Keep reading below to find out the top benefits of enrolling in summer classes.

  1. They’re Shorter! That’s right. More times than not, summer courses offer equivalent credits to courses that usually span throughout an entire semester. In fact, within six to eight weeks, it is reasonable to assume that you could earn anywhere from three to five credits per course. This is a great way to get some classes over with, fulfill prerequisites, or nail out some general requirements.
  2. Flexibility: Many summer courses are offered online or in person. Taking a course online will provide you with immense flexibility and autonomy in completing daily assignments. Even if you are carrying the weight of other commitments, there is a great benefit in weighing how many extra hours you have each week that you could potentially allocate to a summer course.
  3. Speed Up Graduation: By fulfilling requirements at a faster speed than initially planned, you are guaranteed to set yourself up to graduate early. If you are looking to begin working as soon as possible, this is a crucial benefit to look in to.
  4. Try Something New: If your path to graduation is pretty set in stone, then taking a course over the summer may allow you to try out a different topic, path, or even major. It is vastly important to continue solidifying your desire to pursue the career path that aligns with your major, so investing in all types of courses will allow you to build a comprehensive “mental” portfolio of all of your likes and dislikes.
  5. Popular Course Availability: Within each major, there are typically a few courses that seem to fill up immediately as each new enrollment occurs. For that reason, looking into potential summer options may allow you to enroll in courses that would have otherwise filled throughout the academic year.
  6. Greater Access to Favorite Professors: If there is a specific professor that you connected with, taking an additional course they offer over the summer will help you to maintain a strong relationship and even in some cases develop a mentorship. You never know when you may need a letter of recommendation or endorsement, so pursuing any relationship with a professor is worthwhile!
  7. Smaller Classrooms: Since most students overlook their opportunities to take courses over their “off months”, you will likely be granted a great opportunity to learn about a topic in a more intimate setting than you would have achieved during the regular school months.

As you can see, there are several benefits that come with enrolling in summer courses. So, now it’s up to you, what would you like to do with your summer?

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