Summer school and you

Why summer school is not the death sentence it's made out to be

Do you need to pick up a few hours to graduate on time? Is summer school looming in your immediate future? Do you fear your vacation is over before it even started? Cheer up, hombre. I know that summer school may seem like the bane of your existence, because it is essentially an oxymoron in the most horrible way, but if you're forced to spend another month and a half or so on the Forty Acres you could be doing a whole lot worse. The fall semester always seems to come sooner than expected, but even though you’ll be in school, you can still make the most of the little time you have for yourself this summer. Trust me, after having attended school two summers in a row, I consider myself quite the expert.

Ladies and gentlemen, the school year as a whole spanned nine months. That’s nine long months of your full, sunny days being taken away from you five days a week, minus some of the more notable vacations we have as UT students of course.

After all the hours you've spent sitting in a classroom when you should have been frolfing* or tanning or whatever it is you’re into, you owe it to yourself to get your days back. Now that it's summer vacation consider planning your classes at least relatively early, so you have the rest of your day to enjoy and do something outdoorsy. It's the best way to make the most out of your summer and you'll be happy you did it.

When it comes to partying, where else during the summer are you going to find thousands of people your age wandering around doing basically the same things you are? West Campus at summertime strikes a fantastic blend of summer fun without it being nearly as crowded as it is during fall and spring semesters. So seek out the other students on campus who are on the same boat as you and get to know some of your friends you didn't get to know all that well throughout the school year. You may just strike some friendships in unlikely places.

Finally, to add to all your free time, do yourself a favor and read “Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. Ever heard of the “Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson? You’ll understand how staying sharp during times of leisure can do you good later in life. Summer school offers you the unique opportunity to keep your brain stimulated while allowing yourself to take it a little easy. Take advantage of that — but of course don’t forget to have some fun too!

*A game that combines elements of golf and frisbee