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Should students take summer classes?

It will help in the long run

Opinion by Tara Perticone

Summers are long and there is work to be done, and that is why courses are offered during that time. One class during an otherwise relaxing summer can help students get ahead or allow them to enroll in subjects that aren’t offered during fall or spring.

It’s true that summer classes are more expensive than fall and spring semester classes, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Not only do students often not take a full load in the summer, but most of them find summer jobs too. Those jobs provide the little extra income, so any additional spending on school shouldn’t matter. And sure it takes some more focus to keep up with the curriculum, as the courses are fast paced, but it is never unfair.

In fact, it is often harder on students if they choose not to take summer classes. Without getting classes out of the way over the summer, students have to pack their schedules even more in the spring and fall to graduate on time.

Besides, even with a summer class, students still have time to relax. Most summer classes are usually five to eight weeks, which provides recovery before and after the allotted time. The extra part of summer can be used to enjoy some free time with family and even go on a vacation, like a camping trip. Not only that, but this way the mind is stretched and prepared to fight the next semester so that it doesn’t have to adjust to the work again—which can be very stressful in itself.

Summer classes can be an important tool to students. They help students get ahead in their college careers while still leaving time to relax. So don’t be afraid to enroll for the summer—it will be worth it.

Students don’t need the stress

Opinion by Jaleesia Fobbs

Ever since middle school, the idea of summer school has always been insinuated as something dreadful, dismal, and daunting. While college students have learned to take on more responsibilities, summer courses are still the worst.

While my opponent might argue that taking summer classes will help students to get ahead in credits, there are additional tuition charges they’ll have to pay to take those courses. The tuition they paid throughout the fall and spring semesters can be expensive, especially for students and families who lack the income to do so. Most importantly, summer courses are often fast-paced, and for a student who is not familiar with that routine, it can be easy for them to be susceptible to failing. With no time to review the material and ask teachers for help, this can be exhausting and jam-packed with anxiety.

Summer is meant to be a vacation from school. It is a time to enjoy the three months students have before they have to mentally and physically prepare themselves for the upcoming school year.

Additionally, some students utilize their summer days to work. It’s not uncommon to work a summer job and save up money for the upcoming school year. Students need that time to save up for whatever they need, whether it be to buy school supplies, put money toward their tuition, or save up to buy college textbooks. Some students can’t afford to work part-time jobs and pay for school when they could work a full-time schedule in order to save up for whatever they need.

Summer school isn’t for everyone. And while there can be benefits, the many drawbacks outweigh them.

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