There are a number of things you can do to not remain stagnant during summertime such as. internships, side projects, community service, etc. My favorite way of staying sharp and disciplined over the summer is by taking summer classes. Summer classes are productive for a number of reasons. Whether you’re taking them at Virginia Tech, or transferring them in from some other institution, summer classes guarantee some universal benefits.
Firstly, many of them can be taken from the comfort of your own home. Online classes are great because you are not bound to Blacksburg over the summer. You are free to travel abroad, visit your relatives, or just move around as you’d like. As long as you have WiFi, you are good to go. However, even the campus summer courses are great, as Blacksburg is a beautiful place to stay over the summer. With the calmness and good weather that summer bestows in Blacksburg, campus sections are also great!
Secondly, you can dedicate more time to your classes. While it is true that summer classes are faster paced, you will have more time to work on it overall since you will most likely only be taking one or two at a time. 14 weeks of content squeezed into 4 weeks is better when you don’t have another 15 credit hours to worry about!
Lastly, it’ll pay off in the long run. For every credit hour you take over the summer, that’s one less credit hour you have to worry about during the normal academic year. If you want to make that dreaded junior year less difficult, summer classes allow you to take some courses beforehand, so you won’t have your hands quite as full when it eventually rolls around. A lower number of credit hours per semester could be the cause for less stress, and better grades.
In conclusion, make sure you consider enrolling for summer courses. Check to see what classes are offered, you might find something you like!