Taking summer courses benefits students seeking early graduation

By Flora Ketchum

Comment Staff

There are more options than ever for summer courses to take, both on campus and online. Photo by Kayla Lemay
There are more options than ever for summer courses to take, both on campus and online. Photo by Kayla Lemay

Summer courses are now available to be viewed and registered for summer 2014. If you have never thought about taking a summer course, I suggest looking into it. It can be very beneficial.

Summer courses are a great way to get a little ahead on your course requirement list, as well as maybe taking a course that’s a little harder for you without the worry of other classes.

If you are willing to buckle down and miss out on a small part of your summer, summer classes may be for you.

Summer classes are much shorter. Most run approximately one month, and have a schedule of at least three days a week. For example, I am registered for two summer classes this year, they both run for five weeks, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for a few hours each day.

I highly recommend changing your work schedule to fit a summer courses schedule. It can’t hurt to try. If anything, it is just going to get you one step closer to graduation.

Financial aid does not cover summer or winter classes, but if you plan ahead, some student loans allow you take out extra money. Then you can set that aside for your summer class bills. Bridgewater State University is offering a payment plan for billing the first time this summer.

The class selection used to be slim picking for summer courses, but these past few years I have noticed the selection getting bigger and better.

It never hurts to check and see if there is a summer course you could take and cross off your list. Just make sure this does not leave you taking less than how many classes you need to take during the fall and spring to keep your financial aid and loans active and deferred until you graduate.

Also, there are some community colleges that offer summer classes. These schools offer classes that work hand in hand with BSU. Most classes can be transferred in and applied to your transcript.

If you plan on taking a summer course at a community college, make sure that the credits will transfer to BSU before you enroll in the course. Also, there is a rule about not being able to transfer in classes from another institution after a certain amount of time. Make sure to ask your advisor about that, as well as the registrar’s office.

Overall, your best bet is to take some summer classes. The first summer session is over before July 4, which will give you the rest of the summer to do as you please.


Flora Ketchum is an Opinion writer at The Comment. Email her at fketchum@student.bridgew.edu.



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