Luis Arvizo took four Summer Session classes last year and plans to take more this summer. He takes courses online or as hybrid courses, so he gets the best of both worlds – flexible scheduling while getting a jump on required credits.
A junior studying human development and family relations, Arvizo takes summer courses to get his core requirements out of the way, so he can focus on his major during the semester and prepare to graduate earlier – which ultimately saves on tuition costs and helps him advance his career faster.
“It gets me ahead and saves money too,” said Arvizo, who works at an elementary school and hopes to use his degree to become a director or supervisor. “You take more classes, you spend less money.”
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Arvizo takes part in the 15 to Finish program, which encourages Summer Session participation. Last summer, he took three online courses and one hybrid course. He earned a 4.0 GPA for the semester – and managed to enjoy some fun and freedom during his summer break, too.
“It’s a 10-week accelerated course, so you think it’d be harder, but I feel like they design the courses so you don’t stress yourself out,” he said. “You don’t realize how much downtime you have in summer. It’s manageable.”