While many see winter and summer as vacation time, others see it as an opportunity to get ahead.
The short five week sessions give students the chance to continue taking classes after the semester is over.
Although it’s true that they’re more intensive, taking them allows them to solely focus on one course compared to the multiple they have to take in the fall and spring.
Instead of simply meeting two times, they’re able to retain the material they learned better because they have the class every day of the week.
Not only is it beneficial for understanding the lessons, the relationship between the students and the professor becomes stronger.
Students who need to retake a class or find out that the class they need isn’t offered in a certain semester can potentially take that in the summer or winter amid availability to save time.
Considering not a lot of people want to be at school during the break, the race to get a spot in a class wouldn’t be as difficult because enrollment would be less than usual.
Although people who go to community colleges are predicted to transfer in two years, many don’t.
According to an article by communitycollegereview.com, the estimate isn’t accurate because, “data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that only 13% of community college students graduate in two years. Within three years, approximately 22% of students graduate, and within four years, the rate stands at 28%.”
Those who take classes in the shorter sessions also do it so they can graduate sooner and save money.
While it’s acceptable to only take classes during the fall and spring, taking four to five classes each semester might prolong their stay.
If students plan out their schedule accordingly, it’s possible to finish both general education and degree requirements in less than two years when they take classes every winter and summer.