Make the most of your summer
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Wailuku, HI
What courses did you take during the summer?
COMM 111 Public Speaking, WR 327 Technical Writing and MTH 306 Matrix and Power Series Methods.
Why did you choose to stay in Corvallis and take summer courses?
The main reason why I chose to stay in Corvallis to take summer courses was because I didn't want to overload myself during the regular academic year. By taking summer courses, I was able to catch up on requirements for entry into the Professional School in Civil Engineering. Now, I'm on track to graduation in four years without the added stress.
What did you think was the best aspect or benefit of OSU Summer Session?
There were many benefits to OSU Summer Session such as smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with teachers. However, the biggest benefit of enrolling in OSU Summer Session was that I got to pay in-state tuition. As an out-of-state student it was a huge difference in tuition costs compared to the regular academic year. I would encourage anyone from out-of-state to take advantage of summer session tuition. Not only is it cheaper to take classes, but you save money on the plane ticket home as well.
How has taking Summer Session courses helped you catch up, speed up or jump ahead in your course requirements or degree program?
For entry in the Professional Engineering School, certain classes were required before admittance. I was behind on two classes, MTH 306 and COMM111. To catch up on requirements, I decided to take those two classes during Summer Session so I would be on track with the rest of the junior class. Along with those two classes, I also took a writing class which is required for graduation which put me somewhat ahead. I am very happy that I was able to take those classes during the summer because I am not only on course to graduate, but it also enabled me to stay in the classes with the rest of my classmates who I already met and worked with during my pre-engineering courses. Seeing the same familiar faces in my professional courses is comforting because I am able seek out a support group when struggling with homework.
What would you tell someone who was interested in taking courses at OSU during Summer Session?
I highly encourage anyone considering taking summer courses to go ahead and enroll for Summer Session at OSU. Not only can you catch up or get ahead in your major, but because of the small class sizes you are able to meet people you would not have normally talked to while in a large lecture. I would also tell someone who was interested in taking courses at OSU to not be discouraged about staying in Corvallis during the summer. Surprisingly, Corvallis has a lot to offer for students during the summer such as DaVinci Days and fabulous weather, not too hot but not too cold.
Do you plan to take courses again this upcoming summer?
I don't plan on taking summer courses on campus in Corvallis, however I am considering OSU Ecampus courses this summer because I plan on taking advantage of the OSU International Programs by studying abroad in Rome, Italy. By taking online classes I am able to fulfill synthesis requirements while studying abroad in another country.
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