Are you thinking about taking summer courses? Are you concerned over how this will impact your tuition?
One of the articles apart of the Summer of George project discussed the possibility of taking some college courses this summer. As many of you may know by now I love to respond to reader comments and emails through a post. One reader sent me an interesting comment on the subject stating that their college scholarship does not cover college courses that they take in the summer. They wanted to know if it was still worth it for them to take college courses in the summer.
My answer is yes and no. It really depends on how your college scholarship is structured and if there are any restrictions on when you can enroll in certain courses.
When deciding whether you should sign up for a college course this summer please consider the following…
How will the course be paid for?
If you have to use up money from your savings account or pay for the course with your credit card then it is most likely not worth it. If you college scholarship company covers courses in the summer then by all means take advantage of the opportunity. After speaking with a few students on the matter it seems like most scholarship companies only cover courses taken during the normal school year for whatever reason.
Is there any better optimization of my time this summer?
I’m still considering enrolling in a course for this July but for me it all comes down to my options this summer. I have started Mixed Martial Arts training which is something I have wanted to do for a long time, I have the opportunity to continue working full time (which is actually pretty difficult this summer for most with the recession and all), and to be perfectly honest I want to spend as much time as possible on building this blog.
So sometimes you have to see what the best way to spend your time is. You can hurt yourself if you always worry about being over productive.
Am I in a hurry to graduate from college?
If you want to complete your college degree as soon as possible then sure take as many courses as possible in the summer. The only problem is that despite the sense of urgency that some of us may feel with completing college, it’s really not something that should be rushed. Everyone wants to graduate, then everyone wants to go back.
I rushed for the first few years but now in my final year I want things to slow down a little bit. Everyone is in a different situation, so after reading this take a moment to reflect on your urgency to graduate from college.
Hopefully this article will allow you decide on whether enrolling in a summer class or two at your college is worth it. I personally took summer courses a few times just because it was more laid back, I wanted to lessen my course load during the semester, and to get my credits in. Putting in the work in the summer might also help you figure out what to do after college if you’re worried about your work ethic.