Hey, you! Yeah, I’m talking to you. All you students out there that have heard all of the great things about Ann Arbor in the summer, that are going to be in Ann Arbor, all of you that want to be productive this summer. Ever thought about spring/summer term classes? Well, you should. Taking a few credits over the summer can be the best way to complete some of those prerequisites that you’ve been putting off, delve into a new topic that you’ve wanted to study but just haven’t had time for during the normal year, or simply just get a little ahead to make it so that you don’t have to take another 18 credit semester or maybe even graduate a little early.
It’s not always totally sunshine and lollipops, however. The downside to spring/summer term classes is that they frequently are condensed to about twice the speed of a regular term class. Granted, the professors are usually more lenient about the rate at which they expect homework, but this is not always the case. I would recommend weighing out the pro’s and con’s of a spring/summer class as opposed to taking it during the fall or winter. Ask yourself some questions like: Is it better to get this class done quickly because it’s a prereq that you just want to get out of the way, or is it a class that you feel would be very important to be able to take slower and absorb? Would it be better to take some sort of class that is different than your usual classes to help get your mind out of the normal school rut? Have you looked into the professor that is teaching the course? This can seriously change the pace and difficulty of many courses. Finally, does the timing work out? Once you’ve thought about your summer plans, realized that Ann Arbor in the summer is where you want to be, and decided to take classes, check out the spring/summer academic calendar and the lsa course guide!
Keeping you informed,