Finding Your Fit This Summer

This blog post has been updated by Kristina Rust, Career Consultant on April 15, 2024 for relevancy, inclusivity, and formatting.

Not sure what to do this summer? Why not take classes in Athens for a summer semester? Take it from someone who experienced it first-hand; summer in Athens turned out to be one of the best summers of my life!

Taking classes in the summer is not only fun, but it is also beneficial as a way to jump ahead on your heavy workload during the fall and spring. Your summer will be productive while also enjoying those fun summer activities with your friends, like pool days or eating King of Pops and exploring our special downtown Athens area. Over the summer, you are able to focus on just one or two classes instead of four, five, or even six classes like during the normal school calendar. Take a class that might be one of your most challenging classes, maybe biology or organic chemistry if you’re a science major. This way, you are able to spend all your study time on one specific class instead of worrying about multiple other classes at the same time. You will probably get a higher grade than taking it during the fall or spring semesters. The classes are also a lot smaller, allowing for a more intimate setting with your professors. You are able to meet new people that you probably would never have met during the regular school calendar. Finally, the professors are able to help you more on a one-on-one basis, allowing you to develop a deeper relationship with your professor that can be very beneficial for future recommendations and additional classes.

Want to make your summer even more productive? Find a part-time job! Handshake provides plenty of summer jobs that will boost your resume. I was able to go to classes in the morning, work in the afternoons, and still have time to catch some rays at the pool. Your summer can be fun, gratifying, and productive at the same time. Getting ahead on classes and enhancing your resume is a great way to spend your summer here in Athens, GA.

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