Why Brandeis?

If you are already a member of the Brandeisian community, then you don’t really need to ask, “Why Brandeis?”  You might not know the answer, but you do have that gut feeling that this is home.  When thinking about the struggles that one may have regarding transferring credits, new architectural campus schemes, new professors, and unfamiliar rules and regulations- you might be a little hesitant to enroll in any type of summer school.  However, if you have already spent one semester or more, then you already have the hang of the Brandeis system.

If you have decided to enroll in the Brandeis Summer Program as a non-Brandeis Student, well then you are in luck because the campus offers maps for all those that need help.  Not to mention that if you have an iPhone, then you can download the Brandeis Campus App which is fully equipped with a map of the campus.  In this day and age, no one will get lost on their way to his or her first class.  If getting lost was the last thing on your mind, and you were more concerned about the academics, whether it would be too difficult or a walk in the park, there are ways to facilitate each and everyone’s learning experiences.  The professors and TA’s will guide you through every part of the class, but you need to put in the effort as well.  If you are uncertain about which particular level of a course you should take, then send an email and get a second opinion.  Professors are here to help and are valuable resources to anyone who needs.

 

Helpful Tips for Brandeis Summer School

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!

Featured: Hebrew Language Summer Institute (HLSI)

As we walk all over campus we hear a plethora of different languages, accents, and see different cultures.  In this day and age, it is imperative to anyone’s life skills to be familiar in at least one other language.  Part  of this week’s post is to feature Brandeis University’s Hebrew Language Summer Institute.  Those who enroll are fully immersed in the Hebrew language as well as the Israeli culture.  Admissions is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and commuting high schoolers.  If you do not fall into any of these categories, well then, here is some more good news!  If you are not attending any sort of degree-seeking institution, but you are a teacher or an educator, this summer program is also available to you!  We have dedicated teachers who have been a part of this program for many, many years.  There are five courses that are offered and depending on your current skills, you may be advised to start in different levels.  Throughout the course, you will be able to receive assistance from your professors as well as your peers.  This is a very hand-ons learning experience aiming to boost your confidence and conversation in the Hebrew language.

For more information visit: http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/hebrew/

The Benefits of the Brandeis Summer Program

Summer registration is just around the corner, making this weekend the perfect time to think about enrolling in the Summer Program at Brandeis University.  The unique programs that our University has this summer will gladly facilitate the learning experience of your undergraduate career.

Some of you may believe that Summer School is attached with the negative stigma that it had in the 90’s, along with detention and demerits.  This is one of the greatest misconceptions of the Summer Program.  In fact, those who enroll in summer courses are of the most proactive students at this campus.  In order to redesign the phrase “Brandeis Summer School,” I would strongly advise you to read the following:

Major(s)/Minor(s) – As Brandeisian students, we know many individuals who have decided to declare everything more than the single major that we are all required to have.  Since Brandeis students typically have only 7 or 8 semesters at the University, sometimes it is difficult to find the time to take all of the requirements for the various majors and/or minors.  These students should be strongly encouraged by an advisor, parent, or even a peer to enroll in summer courses. 

Midyears – Even though Brandeis makes the Midyear transition extremely easy and manageable for all of these students to graduate with the rest of their class, it could be helpful for a student who arrived as a Midyear to enroll in a summer course or two.  There is no reason why anyone should have anxiety over the number of credits that he or she has. 

Internship Opportunities – There are countless majors and minors that require some sort of internship along with the rest of the required courses.  If you are like me, then it is difficult to imagine putting in an additional 10 hours every week for an internship on top of all of your classes.  Every summer there are different internship opportunities available.  If you know that your major or minor requires some sort of internship, keep posted on the summer course announcements.

Going Abroad – Going abroad is a right of passage that many students choose to take in their college  years.  Although it is not necessarily for everyone, there are some concerns for those who are on the fence.  One of the largest reasons that I believe students do not go abroad is because of academic requirements that need to be finished on the home front.  That being said, the Summer Program is the perfect place to knock a few courses out of the way.  This will free up your schedule and allow you to take interesting courses abroad that are not available here at Brandeis.

Graduating Early – Attention, eager beavers that want to get into the “real” world as quickly as possible, Summer School can, yet again, be used to your advantage.  By taking a few summer courses and maybe one or two extra courses over your years at Brandeis, you will be able to receive enough credits to graduate early!

University Requirements – In order maintain the liberal nature that Brandeis has come to be, we are required to take many courses outside what we are comfortable with an expand our academic horizons.  That being said, sometimes certain University Requirements escape out from under us and are found to be offered during inconvenient times (schedule conflicts, early in the morning, etc.).  In order to receive the proper credits for these courses, Brandeis University allows you to enroll in courses that satisfy many, if not all, of the University Requirements.

Location, Location, Location!! – Last, but not least, we have one of the most positive reasons to be at Brandeis University over the summer, which is being at Brandeis University over the summer.  With incredible weather and its close proximity to Boston, there are countless things to do to enjoy yourself over the summer weeks.

Summer Courses Available Online!


Summer courses are now available online!  The wait is finally over, making this weekend the perfect time to think about enrolling in the Summer Program at Brandeis University.  The unique programs that our university has this summer will gladly facilitate the learning experience of your undergraduate careers.

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/offerings.php

Let us know what you think and comment which class you are most looking forward to take!  Happy browsing!

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