College courses: Students further education during the summer

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Sarah Garrett, Editor-in-chief–

While summer may be a time of relaxation from the stress of school for many students, some choose to take advantage of this vacation by signing up for college courses to further their academic career.

Senior Lisa Ghiglieri decided to take a nutrition class through Sacramento City College over the summer in order to get the practical art credit necessary for graduation. This allowed her  to sign up for only five periods for her senior year. She received five high school credits for taking this course.

“It was interesting,” Ghiglieri said. “I’m glad I don’t have to take six periods.”

Ghiglieri attended lectures at the Davis extension several times a week, in addition to homework to be completed outside of class.

Other students, however, took college courses purely for their enjoyment. Senior Marianne Simpson took an intensive first year Latin course for eight weeks at UCLA this summer.

“I’m interested in classical studies and classical languages,” Simpson said. “I thought it might be a fun way to spend my summer and also look good on college apps.”

Simpson met many new people from around the world at UCLA taking the class, and is glad that she decided to spend her summer that way.

“I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning a language over the summer,” Simpson said.

Although the class did not fulfill any high school graduation requirements, Simpson still earned college credit for a first year Latin course.


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