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Point Counter Point: Summer classes

By Kelsey Wood and Noah Satern
On May 5, 2014


By Kelsey Wood

Feature Editor

It's getting closer to that time of year again: Summer vacation.  

Some students may be wondering if they should work this summer or take more classes to get ahead for next year. The answer is simple. Students should work during the summer because during the school year students tend to use up most of their funds and are in dire need of replenishing their money.  Textbooks and classes do not pay for themselves so, as adults, students need to work. 

There are many places that hire students for seasonal work, such as public swimming pools and retail stores. So it would not be difficult to work hard in the summer in order to pay for classes in the fall.  Once the school year starts up again, students can take a leave from their jobs and load up on classes. 

Most people decide to take trips on summer break because there is time to do so. If students are taking classes then they will have to work around their class schedule so they can make time at the end of the summer for trips. Usually at the end of the summer students are trying to get school supplies, settle into a new apartment and prepare for the impending school year. 

Taking classes during the actual school year is hard enough, why make summer break just as difficult with more classes?  Everyone needs a break from schoolwork and summer is the best time to do just that. Working during the summer is a great option because there is so much time to make the money needed for the upcoming school year.


By Noah Satern

Staff Writer


Before my first semester at Kirkwood Community College I took two summer classes and that has made all the difference. 

I took the classes right after I graduated from high school and they saved me a lot of headaches in the long run. The first reason I took the summer classes was to help me to acclimate to the college atmosphere. I went to a small high school and was very nervous going to college. The two classes served as a way to ease my way into college without the stress that comes with the fall semester. 

By the time I officially started my education at Kirkwood, all the other first-year students were having trouble getting around, I was already well-oriented. 

The other reason I took summer classes was to help boost my grades. I had done well enough in high school but could have done a lot better. I decided to use the summer classes as a cushion and to start off my college grades on a good note. For those wondering, I earned an A and A- in the summer classes which, for me, was pretty good. 

There are countless other reasons why students should take summer classes. Summer classes are great for those who work through the summer as an opportunity to get ahead of the curve and still do something productive with their time. A few people may say they want to preserve their free time. But the reality is that a summer class only takes about two hours a day which, in the grand scheme of things, is not very long. 

In conclusion, taking a summer class is a tremendous opportunity for any Kirkwood student and it would be unwise to ignore such a brilliant opportunity. 

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