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Staying Ahead of Summer Classes

Quinn Wittman | Writer

When you're craving a break and a relaxing vacation, you may hear the news that summer classes are required. Whether you choose to enroll in summer classes to stay ahead with credits or need them to graduate on time, they present various challenges. 

The weather outside is beautiful, and it's understandable that the last thing you'd want to do is work on assignments. However, staying on top of your classes is crucial. You can balance both by creating a schedule for yourself, practicing self-discipline and rewarding yourself for your hard work. 

As someone who has taken both winter and summer classes, I recommend scheduling your work during your most productive hours of the day. Personally, I am more productive at night, being a "night owl,” so I complete all my errands during the day and keep my nights free. 

Also, as college students, we should remember to reward ourselves. Sometimes we get so caught up in our homework, finals and studies that we forget to have a little fun.

However, it's important to have your schoolwork done beforehand. Staying disciplined with yourself is crucial when it comes to summer classes. It's easy to overlook deadlines and due dates, so it's crucial to set reminders, whether it's a sticky note or a phone notification. Summer classes are full-semester courses, but they are condensed to fit into five weeks. With that being said, it's especially important to stay ahead as some teachers may not accept late submissions. 

While summer classes may be a hindrance to your vacation plans, they may be necessary for academic success. Balancing your studies and fun can be challenging, but it can be done. Creating a schedule, practicing self-discipline, and rewarding yourself are all ways to stay ahead of the game. 

With these tips, you can successfully stay on track while enjoying your summer break!


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