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Classes in summer aren't much fun

By Hailey Menard
On April 11, 2012

For most people, summer is a time to relax, enjoy the outdoors and take on a more laid back attitude and lifestyle for the three months of the year that we get. Unfortunately for those who still have to work, intern or take summer classes, these three months may not be as highly anticipated.

I've taken a couple summer classes before (although not at UW-La Crosse) and to put it simply, it sucked. Not only does the nice weather and longer days make it hard to go to class, but there's something about summer that makes my mind check out of "school mode". If only classrooms had a retractable roof....

Of course there are benefits for taking summer courses. It allows you to earn credits a lot faster than you would during spring and fall semesters. Most people only take one or two classes in the summer instead of a full course load which makes for a less stressful semester. On the other hand, summer classes may interfere with other summer plans or living arrangements. It prevents you from going home for the summer and there's generally less courses to choose from. This made me wonder if classes are as beneficial as fall and spring semester courses when they are taken during the carefree season of summer.

"Honestly, I feel as though the few summer courses I have taken were very sort of felt like they were dumbed down a bit. However, summer classes can be very beneficial if the student takes them seriously. It is nice to be able to take one or two courses compared to the four or five I usually take" said Dana Shulte, a junior here at UW-L.

Depending on your major and the classes you need to take, you may get lucky and have more than three courses to choose from. I found that some subjects only offered two summer classes while others offered up to twelve. "I am a communications major and was pretty disappointed to see only three or four classes being offered in the summer; all of which were basic introductory CST courses. There was a lot of interesting psychology courses that I would maybe take though," said Schulte.

Personally, I wouldn't take a summer class unless I absolutely needed it; two semesters filled with stress and studying is enough for me. I'm already counting down the days until the beloved season begins.  No papers, exams, or presentations for three months. Now that is something to celebrate about. Sorry for those who'll be in school this summer; it sucks to be you. Hopefully you'll have at least somewhat of a break.


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