As an extension from the “Basic Guide to Courses for Brandeisians,” here are some helpful tips for mastering Brandeis Summer School:
1. Browse early! Even though Registration does not open until early April, take the next few weeks to figure out what type of course you are looking for. Whether, it is to fulfill a major or minor requirement, University requirement, or a you just want to knock out some extra credits over the summer, there are plenty of courses to choose from!
2. Talk with an advisor! There is no time like the present to declare a major or minor. It is not set in stone until a certain point in your undergraduate career. You might as well see what an advisor or department head has to say about your ideal course sequence. Perhaps he or she has some suggestions for you to get a better understanding of a major or minor if you are currently on the fence.
3. Remember, there’s no shopping period for Summer Courses. Since the Summer Calendar is much more compact, this leaves little to no room for experimenting with different courses. If you enroll in a course, be sure that it is the one you want to take.
4. Do not fall behind with deadlines. If you keep pushing back your work, more and more tasks will pile up leaving an overwhelmingly large to-do list.
5. Talk with students who have taken Summer Courses in the past. See what they thought about the work environment, work load, professors, and their overall thoughts about Brandeis in the Summer.
6. Work out the financials. As college students, we all know that it is great to have a little extra pocket money for our extravagant expenses. Do you need a paid summer internship? This could play a huge role when deciding to take summer courses and if so, which module.
7. Need to do an internship for a major or minor? Check out the Brandeis Summer Internship opportunities!
8. Transfer/Midyear/Abroad? If any of these apply, make sure you will have enough credits to graduate on time. Credits should not be the reason why anyone does not walk with his or her class.
9. What about housing? Brandeis University offers housing for undergraduate students, but if you would prefer to live off campus, there are many rooms that are available for sublets.
10. If choosing to enroll in Summer Courses, remember to keep things in perspective! You can still enjoy the Summer weather, beaches, and barbecues, but you decided to come to the University to learn and satisfy requirements.
All in all, remember to have fun! College is one of the best times of your life. Take in all the knowledge that you are receiving and start each day with a breath of fresh air! At times it may seem tough, but we all got into Brandeis some how. You can do it and do it well!