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The thought of school in the summer may make some students cringe; but in fact, it's a smart move. Here are some advantages to consider:

  1. Raising your grade point average. Between long school hours, extracurricular activities, part-time work, and an active social life, there's a lot going on during the school year. Using the summer to focus on one or two courses could raise your GPA because your distractions are at a minimum. Along the same lines, many students find that when they enroll in one challenging course, they’ve got extra time to focus on learning the material and doing well.
  2. Graduating early. Some students are ready to move on to the next chapter in their life. Enrolling in summer courses is one of the easiest ways to do so.
  3. Saving money. If you’re a college student, you’re going to pay tuition regardless a you choose to take summer courses or wait until the fall. However, you’ll save in the long run by racking up credit hours to help satisfy graduation requirements faster. This could shave off a semester and help save on the extra expenses of attending college.
  4. More individualized education. It's no secret that students in schools and colleges clear out for summer. This presents a unique opportunity for summer term students to build relationships with teachers/professors and receive more individualized attention.
  5. Keeping your brain active. For some, summer may consist of a lot of carefree activities. From playing video games to watching TV, to shopping at the mall, students have a tendency to shut down during the summer months. By extending schooling into summer, students experience an easier transition back into the learning environment in the fall.

Have you enrolled in a summer course? Share your experience with us and how it helped you in your education or career path.

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