Summer School: Yes or No?

summer school

As I have gone along blogging for over two years now, I have always been in search of new ways to expand my boundaries.  I have always been looking for new interesting topics and categories to discuss.  This keeps things fresh for me as a writer and  hopefully, you as a reader.

Recently, I was trying to think of an area of interest that I really haven’t covered much in my blogs.  It finally dawned on me.  I spent 9 years of my life as a college student.  It was a huge segment of my life.  No, I am not going back to college and believe it or not, I have moved on from my college years, but I am in a position where I could give some, what I feel is sound advice to people who are in college.

That is why I have decided to start writing a portion of my blogs that will be focused on the life and needs of college students.  I will offer any advice I might have from things I learned along the way.  Even if you are like me and college is way back in the rearview mirror, you will hopefully enjoy the blogs and at least have some fond remembrances.  Maybe these blogs will stir some ideas up in you from your college years that you can share with us all and we can all learn some important lessons along the way.

With that in mind, I would like to introduce my first blog geared towards college kids.  Wait, did I just say college kids?  Yes I did.  I guess that officially makes me old then.

For today’s blog I wanted to cover a topic that seems very relevant with summer quickly approaching.  Should I go to summer school or not? 

When I was in college doing my undergrad in Animal Science at Iowa State, I was also a football player.  The NCAA had a rule that if you were a scholarship player you had to be taking summer classes to be eligible to have your classes, room, and board paid for.  Since it was important for us to stay in Ames during the summer so we could do our summer workout program, it only made sense that I would take summer classes along the way.  That is exactly what I did.  I took summer classes for my first 4 summers I lived in Ames.

Overall, I would say the experience was a great one.  Some of the classes went really fast and covered a lot of material in a short amount of time.  It was difficult to study in the summer when my friends were off having fun adventures, but it is something that can really pay dividends if you feel you are up for it.

While most students can’t wait for summer break, taking a few classes during the summer can be beneficial.  If you are a person who is considering taking summer courses this summer either out of necessity or voluntarily, here is my list of positives and negatives about taking summer school that will hopefully help you with your decision:


  • If you are looking to graduate early, summer classes can shave a semester or even a year off your college career.
  • Most summer courses are condensed into a 2,3, or 4 week period, so if you’d prefer a brief time with a dreaded course, it’s a good option.
  • Summer classes have a more relaxed atmosphere as students and even professors loosen up.  The classes tend to be smaller, so you can have more interaction with the professors.
  • If you are a scholarship athlete, you get your classes, room, and board paid for.


  • Summer allows your brain time to rest.  For some, summer courses can cause burnout in the fall due to lack of mental downtime.
  • Shortened courses mean more homework.  Say goodbye to your free time in the summer.
  • Summer school costs more money.  You’ve already paid thousands for fall and spring courses.  So why pay extra?
  • The speed at which the material is covered can make it hard to comprehend and retain all the information covered in the class.

Taking summer classes might be a good option for you, but it is not for everyone.  Here are some questions that you should consider when trying to decide if you should register for summer classes:

Do I need to take this course during the summer to graduate on time?

Does this course usually fill up fast during the regular semesters?

Can I afford it?

Who is the professor teaching the summer course?  Do I want to take a class with him/her?

Hopefully this will help guide you in your decision about whether summer classes are for you or not.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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