By Liz ParraSummer is just around the corner and the last thing on the minds of some students is school. But, while some students are making plans for the beach, others want to keep the semester flow going. Summer courses are up and ready for students to register and many can’t wait to start.
Why spend the summer in class, some may ask. Susan Salowitz from the records office notices some patterns in reasons why students jump for the opportunity to takes classes in the summer. For some programs, a summer class is required. Other students want to speed up their graduating process by picking up a couple of required credited courses during the summer that apply to their major.
Instead of waiting for the classes to be offered for the fall or spring, they can get it out of the way during the summer. Students with full-time jobs may pick up summer courses to lighten their load throughout the spring and fall semester as well.
Whatever the reason, when signing up for a summer course, prepare for some serious crunch time commitment.
Summer courses are condensed and have a much faster pace than regular spring or fall courses.
Summer classes must match up with the amount of hours a regular class would take to complete it. Classes may therefore run longer in one day or may meet more frequently throughout the week in order to do so. The curriculum is set up this way to make sure students are meeting the same requirements. Students will notice that with summer courses, there is no time to slack off.
Salowitz has had good feedback from students who take summer courses throughout her time working here. Each summer, MxCC tries to meet student’s needs when putting up courses for students to take. When students request courses, MxCC usually has them up and running by the next summer.
A list of summer courses for this year can be found them on the school’s website or in one of the class booklets. The website is the better source, as it is updated regularly.
To find the list of the summer courses, log onto my.commnet.edu.
On the right hand side of the screen under Other Public Sources, click the link “Search for Courses”. This will direct you to a page titled Course Search. Select “Summer Term 2012” and “Middlesex CC” under the Term and College tabs on this page. Don’t forget to select “Credit” under course level and click on “Get Courses” on the bottom of the screen to the left. The page after that will have the list of courses offered for the summer and the statues.
Hurry and make your selections for summer 2012, classes are filling up!