Summer School Anyone?

This summer I plan on taking my first summer course here at Warner. I have never gone to school during the summer, so at first I was not sure how I felt about the idea. But after thinking it over and looking at the courses Warner has to offer, I think it could be a very rewarding experience.

Summer school takes on a whole new meaning when you are in graduate school. It becomes an opportunity for you as a student to take advantage of a variety of courses that do not get offered during the fall and spring semesters. It also allows you to take classes with different professors who are not available to teach during the rest of the academic year.

One of the biggest differences between summer classes and classes in the fall and spring are that summer classes meet twice a week. The semester is broken into two different sessions, Summer A and Summer B, which meet at different times throughout the summer.

After looking at courses offered in the summer, it seems as if they are more streamlined on specific areas of higher education. For instance, courses specifically focusing on Residential Life, Financial Aid, Academic Support and others are offered. While I have been learning about many of these areas in my other classes, I am looking forward to the opportunity to go more in depth in a particular area.

Now I have heard from other students that summer classes can be more challenging because more work is crammed into a smaller window of time. More reading for class will need to be done with not as much time to do it. Assignment deadlines approach quickly as the class itself is only a few weeks long.

I am looking forward to my first summer class. I have heard both the pros and cons of taking courses over the summer and decided that I should try one out for myself. I am excited to be able to take a course that focuses on an area of student affairs that is particularly interesting to me and anxious to see the intensity in which the material is presented in such a short period of time. Now I just hope my classroom has air conditioning!

Article written by

Michael Shea

Michael is a full-time master’s student in the Warner School’s Higher Education program specializing in student affairs. A Buffalo, NY native, Michael graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science in May 2009.