No one wants to hear the words summer school – summer is supposed to be a 3 month break for teenagers to enjoy the nice weather, have fun with friends, maybe earn some extra cash and most importantly get away from school. But when summer school is mentioned, the thoughts of freedom slip away and dread resurfaces in their place.
Having to continue to do academic work over the summer while all of your friends get to spend their days lounging at the beach, going to the mall, shopping and sleeping in probably seems like the worst thing in the world. No one really wants to trade in lounging by the pool to learn algebra, or write English papers instead of going to get ice cream, but trust me it isn’t really all that bad.
First off, no one should ever feel dumb because they have to go to summer school.
People go to summer school for many reasons; some people go because they didn’t pass a class and need to make it up, some people were sick and missed too much of the course to pass, and others go to get ahead with their course work.
No matter what the reason is that makes you end up in summer school, it is not a bad thing. Going to school over the summer will either help you stay on track, get ahead, or improve skills you may be less sufficient in. Of course you are going to have to give up some of your summer freedom to attend class and do your homework, but by going and giving it your best effort you are only going to better yourself.
Summer school can also:
Help you build confidence and self-esteem
Give you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
Allow you time to tackle subjects that are more challenging than others
Offer you a chance to dive into topic that you are really interested in
Gives you the chance to raise your grades or even graduate sooner!
Personally, I have taken summer classes every year while in college and never regret doing so. Since it is summer the teachers are sometimes more relaxed and the overall atmosphere of the class is a lot more fun. Also the class sizes are a lot smaller so the teacher has more opportunity to help. If you are only taking one or two classes at a time it really allows you to focus on just those subjects and it’s extremely helpful.
While the class is actually going on, there are days I wish I could just go out with my friends and have fun, but when its over I am always glad I have completed a class and gotten ahead with my courses. If you are a soon to be senior or have just graduated and plan to go to college, I would suggest looking into taking summer courses at a local college. Some of my friends did that while in high school and after experiencing summer classes for myself I regret not doing it. Summer college courses are a great way to get a jump-start on general education classes you need for college and they are also a good way to get a taste of what college classes are really like.
But don’t forget even if you have to take a summer class because you didn’t pass a class or are behind never think of it as a bad thing, just go in with the intent to do the best you can so that you can get the most out of the class. In the end you might actually enjoy the experience.
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