Say goodbye to the cold chill that was characteristic of February and say hello to the sunny skies of April. It is also time for high school students to decide what they want to do this summer. Some will spend their time outdoors on family vacations. Others may take up coveted jobs or internships. Then there are those who wish to continue learning throughout the year and keep their brains sharp for the coming school year. Summer courses have multiple benefits. They allow you to take classes for fun, so you gain new and exciting knowledge. Perhaps it is time for you to foster your interest in pottery or discover your latent talent in creative writing.
There are two ways to go about summer classes. One is to take them at your local community college. Community college courses are extremely popular for high school students; you’re bound to find a friend or two willing to take a class with you. Some of their summer courses are actually designed for high school students who are trying to meet a college or graduation requirement. For example, some people complete their foreign language requirement at community college or take recommended courses.
Another option is to take a more intense plan of action and enroll in summer sessions at larger universities. Universities such as UC Berkeley feature unique summer sessions targeted towards preparing high school students for college. Berkeley features a program called the Pre-Collegiate Program. More information can be found at: http://summer.berkeley.edu/pre-collegiate. These programs also offer advising to help you determine how to improve your college application and decide your interests. However, such summer programs are generally more expensive and can be competitive because space is limited.
UC Berkeley: http://summer.berkeley.edu/pre-collegiate