summer school blues
Posted : June 4, 2003
Last Updated : May 19, 2015
Many college students opt to take classes in the summer so they can graduate early or at least "on time." But taking summer school classes can be a bummer, especially if your friends are enjoying their time off from school. So before you get too mad at your friends for actually having a summer vacation, follow these tips to help you survive the summer school blues.
Take a summer class that interests you. If you take a summer class that is interesting to you, then you may forget that you are in summer school. Okay, maybe not, but at least you won't be bored studying a subject that you have no interest in whatsoever. Being interested in what you are studying will make the time go by faster and the work much easier. So instead of taking a biology class that you can take next semester, consider adding electives to your summer class schedule.
Persuade your professor to have some summer classes outside. Many professors understand that you would rather be outside enjoying the weather than in a classroom during the summer months. At most colleges, summer school is more laid back than a regular semester, which is why it is relatively easy for a student to persuade a professor to have some summer classes outdoors. This is an ideal situation for both professor and student. The professor is content because the student is learning about psychology, and the student is happy because she can work on her tan at the same time.
Organize a field trip with your study group. Before you start studying for that big test, go on a field trip with your study group to help you get in a studying mood. Are you taking a biology class? Go on a field trip to the zoo and study the various organisms found there. Are you taking a theatre class? Go critique an actual play. Taking an art class? Visit a museum and discuss the different creations on display. Anything that gets you out of the library but still relates to your class will make your summer school experience seem more interesting and less like school.
Give yourself a break.
The whole point of summer vacation is to give students a break from classes. Even though you are in summer school, don't deprive yourself of that well deserved break. Get away from your regular surroundings on the weekends by:
Going to the beach
Lounging by a pool
Boating on the lake
Visiting an amusement park
Hiking in the mountains
Camping at a local campground
Having a picnic in the park
Going rafting down a river
Taking a stroll downtown
Biking around your city
Just try to get away from campus for a little while to help keep your stress level down. If you spend the whole summer vacation studying and not taking any time for yourself, then you will not be refreshed and ready to start the fall semester.
Okay, so maybe you won't be taking a weeklong cruise during summer vacation or spending two months in Mexico, but if you follow these tips, summer school may not be as bad as you think. Just remind yourself when you have to turn down a day of fun with your friends that taking these summer classes means that you will be getting out of school sooner.