The following entry was written by Anna Lindgren, Class of 2014.
Summer is typically a time for sun, fun, and relaxation. However, it can also be an opportunity for Emerson students to further their studies. Summer classes can be ideal if you need to catch up on credits (like I needed to after changing my major freshman year), or if you’re aiming to graduate early. They can also be a great option for transfer students who want to get some general education requirements out of the way.
It’s true: you might miss a beach day because of a test or a night out because of a final paper. You may also find that your friends constantly forget you’re in school while they’re in summer mode. Something else to consider is the time commitment of a summer class. Since the summer session is much shorter than the average semester, this means longer classes (usually 3 hours and 45 minutes) and more work condensed into a shorter period of time. For that reason, you have to make sure you can keep up your attendance and your attention span. The course syllabus for all summer classes remains almost the same as a fall or spring semester, with the major difference that the entire course takes place over a few weeks instead of a few months.
So, why take a summer class? It can be a great approach to long-term planning for your time at Emerson. I’ve even had friends who took summer classes so that they could take fewer classes during the semester and therefore have time to work or intern, while still graduating on time. On the other hand, maybe you’re just interested in a class and don’t have time during the academic year to explore. You don’t have to enroll full-time during the summer, so summer classes provide a low-pressure environment in which to try out another subject area or liberal arts course. You can make it the only thing on your plate and have the best of both worlds: a little bit of learning, and a little bit of summer downtime.