With the spring semester slowly coming to an end, summer classes are on the minds of many students at Salt Lake Community College.
While some students prefer to enjoy their summer and take time off, others are rushing to the SLCC website to register for classes and get ahead.
“I decided to take summer classes because I want to graduate faster and get the tough classes over with,” says SLCC freshman Alejandro Padilla. “I also heard the classes were shorter in the summer so I plan on taking something fun like math or biology,” he adds with a sarcastic tone.
While spring and fall semesters last 16 weeks, a full-term summer semester runs for just 12 weeks. Like Padilla, exercise science major Mario Cena sees the benefits of the shorter semester.
“I am almost done with getting my certificate of completion and I plan on transferring to the University of Utah in the fall. I keep on telling myself I am almost there and summer classes are short!”
Summer registration has already started and classes are filling up, which means procrastinators like Cena need to plan their schedules as soon as possible.
“I’ve started looking at classes but haven’t committed to anything yet,” he says. “I tend to wait ’til the last minute before fully committing. It’s a bad habit I need to fix.”
Summer classes are a resource for students that are focused on finishing school in less time. But the loss of four weeks entails more homework and a busier schedule.
“Summer classes are stressful! I took two summer classes last year and I didn’t get to enjoy my summer at all,” says SLCC sophomore Savannah Hertz. “I also felt like the classes were going at a speed I couldn’t keep up with.”