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Should I take summer school courses?

I am wondering if it will be too much work or if it will help me graduate faster.

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Kristin’s Answer

Hi Khloe,


Ahhhh, summer classes. I took 2 (technically 4 if you count the 2 summer internships I did), and you are right...it's a lot of work. I know at my school they took the regular semester, and crammed it into 8 weeks; so classes met twice a week for 3 hours (ugh!). I took courses that I knew the professors in, and had previous classes with. I took Communication Law with one of my favorite professors, and I know what you're thinking "a law class? twice a week in 3 hour blocks?! Are you crazy?!"...my professor was so awesome that the 3 hours went by really quick. The amount of work can be intense, but if you plan your schedule right you can get your homework done, and have time to decompress and treat yourself to something that would make you happy.


As Jenna said, internships in the summer are usually for class credit, so that is another option for you to do in the summer. Plus, some internships pay, so then you can get a bit of extra pocket money. I enjoyed my internships in the summer, as I was able to adjust my schedule to get the real world experience I needed without worrying about skipping a class.


There's no definitive yes or no on this question; just go with your gut and what you think you can handle. If you put your mind to it and plan it out effectively, summer classes will fly by :-)


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Jenna’s Answer

I always took summer school courses. I thought it was better for me to take a hard course (like statistics) over a shorter period so I didn't have to drag it out all semester. The atmosphere on campus can also be a little more relaxed, and sometimes you can get into classes where there aren't spots in the main semester. I also did internships during the summer, which is a great way to combine a class credit with real experience. Try it- even if you don't like it, you don't have to do it again.

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Richard’s Answer

I found summer school to be useful. With summer classes and AP credit I was able to graduate with my bachelor's degree in 3 years which was helpful since medical school and residency/fellowship took an additional 10 years after colllege.

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Rachel’s Answer

Summer school at a community college helped me in two ways. I was able to cut down on expenses by taking classes at less cost. I was also able to likely get better grades in difficult pre-med courses like physics.

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