Summer classes can feel like they are a job or a bore to some, but not to me. I took two summer classes, Communication Law and Marketing, and they were both great. Not only did I learn a lot, but I was also able to get ahead in my classes and have one-on-one time with a teacher, something that might not happen so easily during the school year.
Getting ahead in your classes is something that most people associate with graduating early. However, that is not always the case. Taking a summer class is a great way to lighten your course load for the semester and give people the option to take an elective class like Shakespeare or dance instead of a boring (to me) accounting class three times a week. Trying to get further in classes is also useful for students who want to have an internship or a co-op during a semester because they can take fewer courses during the fall and spring and still graduate on time. For those over-achieving students who want to graduate early, taking summer courses is a great way to make that happen without taking 18 credits in a semester. Progressing further in classes (or catching up in some people’s cases) is always a great thing to do. I found it extremely helpful because I now know that with a major and a double minor, I will be able to graduate in four years without a worry.
Having one on-one-time with a teacher is really important to me, and it’s one of the reasons I chose Rider to begin with. In a summer course, the classes are even smaller and the teachers get to know students better. The teachers not only knew my name right away, but they went out of their way to make sure I understood the material and I was learning it in a way that worked for me. Another plus of the smaller class size is that tests and papers were always graded and given back in a timely manner, not two weeks after the assignment was collected. I hate waiting to find out what my grade is, so getting results that night or the next day was something I really appreciated. Finally, a smaller class size meant that I got more interaction with the other students and was able to form study groups more readily. This was something that made the classes worthwhile for me because I was able to interact with other students and learn the material better.
Overall, taking a summer course was something that was a great experience for me. I loved the schedule and the feel of the classes as they were smaller and had more teacher-to-student interaction. I feel that I really benefitted from the summer classes that I took and I would absolutely take one again if the opportunity arose.
Junior public relations major
Printed in the 9/4/13 edition.