Spring semester may have just begun, but it will fly by quickly, before long May will be here. As my semester quickly builds momentum, I can’t help but look forward to the long days of summer… the time when we can shed our coats and long pants, turn the alarm off, work on our tans, and go to class. No, seriously. Hear me out!
As a student with two majors and a part time job, free time is rare and precious. Most days are a long slog through class after class after studying after class, living under the constant worry I will not graduate on time, and that my student loans may become insurmountable. At least, that’s how it used to be. Last summer, I took nine credit hours, all towards my major, spread out across summer I and II. It was like the crushing weight of 18 plus credit hour semesters had instantly and permanently lifted.
I’ve heard that as many as 68% of students who graduate on time do so by taking summer classes, and I believe it. As a Junior now, my course load is more manageable, and my fear of not graduating with the rest of my class is gone. Taking summer courses was also much cheaper than the extra semester I would have otherwise needed.
Registration for Summer Sessions is open now, so your student can register any time. If your student is worried about graduating on time, Summer Sessions may be able to help put them back on track to a 4 year graduation. Of our students who graduate on time, 68% of them took summer sessions. Summer Sessions can also raise your GPA, and credit for credit, Summer courses are much cheaper than taking an extra full semester. See the calendar below for session dates.
Maymester – May 17 – June 6, 2017
Summer Session I (5 week) – May 17 – June 22, 2017
Summer Session I (10 week) – May 17 – August 1, 2017
Summer Session II (5 week) – June 26 – August 1, 2017
I highly recommend that parents and students begin to think about Summer Sessions at NC State. I even enjoyed the classes. They kept my brain active and engaged over the summer, but were not so rigorous as to cut into my free time. I was also able to do an internship at the same time and still enjoy my summer! It is a great option for students; encourage them to register soon before someone else gets their spot.