We like the way you’re thinking: pick up the pace of your education by taking some of those classes you need to graduate this summer. We’re right there with you and understand what a great tool summer classes can be to getting ahead in your education.
But because we here at Colorado Christian University believe in balance, we would be doing you an injustice if we didn’t at least broach the subject. As you plan for summer classes, we would hope that you’ll keep some of the following points in mind:
- Playing in the sun can be a huge temptation. Let’s face it, spending an afternoon outdoors with a cool drink is preferable to holing up somewhere to study. If you want to make summer classes work for you, schedule in time for play and for study. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I’m going to reward myself for studying each day by spending an hour doing something I love.” It’s the “all or nothing” mentality that can make you resent your coursework.
- Psyche yourself up for a faster pace. Those classes that used to take months to get through will now be condensed down to weeks. None of the material is lost, so make sure that you enter your summer classes knowing that there is going to be more work to accomplish in a shorter amount of time. It may help to remember that the shorter the course, the sooner you have it under your belt and on your transcript.
- Schedule, schedule, schedule. If you have something big planned – a vacation, concert, or visit from friends – make sure to take it into account as you plan your summer class work. Sometimes it’s as simple as working ahead to free up a little extra time.
- Draft support from family and friends. You don’t have to go this alone. Let the people you care about know that you’re taking on extra work this summer and that you can use their support. This may mean helping you out with everyday responsibilities, or giving you the time and space to study when you need it most.
- Keep your faith in the forefront. Build in time every day for prayer, reflection, and time with God. Staying balanced spiritually can prevent you from becoming too overwhelmed.
Finally, we know that whatever decision you make about summer classes should be the right one for you. We can tell you from experience that proper planning can make it all much more pleasant.