Should You Take Summer College Courses?

Should You Take Summer College Courses?

Hello! Welcome to Feed That Nation!

My name is Natalie Nation. I’m a grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert. I love talking about college and health issues to help college students to be more successful, confident, and healthy!

In this episode of Feed That Nation, I’m talking about the pros and cons of taking summer college classes.

About The Episode

Quarantine has changed school for all of us.

A lot of students (including me!) are trying to fill their summers with something other than their really cool internship or summer residency or volunteering or travel.

I’ve taken a LOT of summer college courses, both in undergrad, and now I’ve got 6 credits of online grad school classes headed my way.

Summer classes are sometimes known as the “easy way out”. And truthfully, I find it much easier to slide by in my summer classes, barely doing the work, not learning anything.

But that’s not how I want to learn. I LOVE what I’m learning, so I WANT to dive in and get as much out of my summer courses as I can.

In this podcast, I am talking pros and cons of summer school, online vs in person summer course offerings, different types of summer classes, finances, time management, and more!

Summer Courses: Things To Consider

Finances. Does your school accept financial aid for their summer courses? Do they offer a discount? What do student fees look like for summer students?

Timing. Do you have time to hop on zoom calls or watch live lectures at certain points during the day? Can you attend every in-person class meeting (or nearly all of them?). Do you physically have enough time to complete the assignments during your summer?

Quality of learning. In my experience, it can be harder to learn everything that you want to know when you’re taking a summer course, especially when they are online. Do you have the option to take the class in the fall or spring? Would that be a better option for your interests?

Work load. Take it from me: do NOT sign yourself up for more credits than you can handle. Remember, even online classes require quality time dedicated to doing the readings, posting on online discussion boards, writing essays, and taking quizzes.

If you’ll be working or interning part-time or full-time, have travel planned, or enjoy spending your summer socializing, take all of that into consideration!

Watch this episode of Feed That Nation on YouTube!


Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.

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