February 1, 2023

Rochell Mosby. Photo by Khi Davis

Now that you are in college, summer school is no longer a punishment, rather, it is a good way to get ahead and to get the most out of your college years.  

Just the very thought of summer school used to turn students’ blood to ice and strike fear into the hearts of high school students. No vacation, no camping at the lake, forget lounging around, soaking up the sun poolside. You are in trouble because your grades are not up to par, and this is the price you must pay for goofing off all semester long. Summer school. 

Now that you are in college, summer school is no longer a punishment, rather, it is a good way to get ahead and to get the most out of your college years.  

Technologies and methodologies are constantly changing and evolving, and some people’s jobs require them to learn new skills that are job-related, others take summer school classes to sharpen or hone skills they already have. 

Rochell Mosby, the Division Assistant of Arts, English and Humanities Division at OCCC said that she loves summer school. Mosby has been working summers for nearly twenty-five years at OCCC. She said she has seen summer schools from 1997 to 2022 and confessed that she likes to see the students. 

“If you have the time to dedicate to the course, by all means, take a summer course,” Mosby said. “I would suggest that a student take a look at their workload and decide what courses you have the time to take. If you have some courses that you are taking to learn a trade, taking classes in the summer Is a good way to do that. Summer school is a great way to get credits quickly and it gets you through the courses faster. You can also save a little money taking courses in the summertime.” 

Anthony Guillen, a Visual Arts major at OCCC, is attending summer school classes this year and he said, “It was just a way for me to get ahead, build my credits faster. I felt that having a few quick courses in the summer would help me to jump start the college grants.”

Laura Ratley is also foregoing her vacation this year and seeking higher learning. “I’m going to be doing the SLPA Program (Speech, Language, Pathology Assistant) and I need to get my credits up, so I’m attending summer school because I want to get my GPA up and apply for the SLPA Program,” she said.  

OCCCs fast-paced 8-week summer courses cost less money to attend than fall or spring classes do, and you can get through them quicker. Sounds like a no-brainer. Less time and money to take more classes. If you want to get ahead, and get there quickly, enrolling in summer school can be a great way to kickstart your college education. 

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