The Darling Nomadess: College Life: How to Survive Your Summer Classes

Friday, July 19, 2013

College Life: How to Survive Your Summer Classes

Ahh, summer. The glorious freedom from grueling homework and slamming your face into a textbook while being hyped up on some energy drink. The beautiful season of relaxation and catching up on sleep, since we all know college kids, myself included, don't sleep during the semester.

Summer. I'm viewing it from a desk while a professor lectures me about astronomy while I stare out the window; so close to feeling the sunlight on my face, yet so far. Rather than suntanning on a beach, I find myself in a classroom. Summer school should be illegal. Thankfully, I'm not the only one in the classroom.

This morning, I am taking the final exam for my fascinating Intro to Astronomy class. (When will this ever help me in real life? Answer: never.) I didn't understand most of what the class was about as most of the math and science just went right over my head. Despite my inadequate gain of knowledge in the field of astronomy, I tried to make the best of the experience. Today, I'm giving you some tips on how to survive your summer classes because we all know they're practically unbearable.

1. Make new friends. Like me, if you're taking a summer class, you probably aren't at your home university. Chances are, you're probably at a community college. Use this opportunity to get to know people you wouldn't have met otherwise. 

2. Bring a snack and water bottle. Chances are likely this isn't your typical one hour class. No. Summer classes would never be that bearable. Intro to Astronomy averaged to be about 4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Four. Hours. You're probably going to get hungry and thirsty. Throw a granola bar in your tote and you're good to go!

3. Dress in layers. It might be 100 degrees outside but inside that building, it might as well be Antarctica. Throw on a cute light scarf and cardigan to avoid the chills. (I wouldn't recommend a cardigan if you were to visit Antarctica, however...)

4. Stay positive. Think of it this way - it's one less class to worry about during the regular school year and one step closer to graduation! It might even raise your GPA a little, too! Good news is, its only a few weeks!

With all of that said, good luck! We'll survive this summer class together. 

With Love,


  1. Nice tips! I have some friends taking summer classes, but I know I just couldn't bear it! That's awesome you're taking astronomy! That's a class at my school many people are excited about to take as a science credit.Wish I could have taken it, but I ended up in bio!

    I hope you have a fun, relaxing time at the beach and I can't wait for more college life posts like these :)

    xo, gina

    1. I wasn't a huge fan of the astronomy class, to be honest! It was fun at first and then it went all mathematical on me and totally went over my head, lol! I have to take two science classes, so my next one is ecology!

  2. These would be the EXACT same tips I would give if I were to do this post. I would always get cold in class during the summer so I would always keep socks in my purse and bring a hoodie. And snacks are a MUST!

    ♥ Samantha

    1. Glad we're on the same page, Samantha! I felt like I was the only one in my class crazy enough to dress in layers and bring a snack!

  3. Luckily I didn't have to take any summer classes this year! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm excited to start following yours!

    1. Lucky dog! I was supposed to take 3 summer classes but financial aid got messed up and I could only afford to take one. I'll have to make up for it this coming semester with 21 credit hours, oy vey!!

  4. I featured this piece in my latest "Massive List of Links" post!

    ♥Emma, from It's Emma Elise

  5. Thank you so much for posting this! I will be taking summer classes but I feel much more prepared thanks to this post!


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