Summer Classes as Told by Grey's Anatomy

10 Thoughts About Taking Summer Classes on Campus, As Told By 'Grey's Anatomy'

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When you realize that you'll have to wait another three months until you get your mom's homemade food again, and lay in your bed wondering if you should cook dinner, take a shower, or just take a nap because you only have time for one until night lab starts.

When you are in a love/hate relationship with your professor because he teaches so well and makes class seem so easy, but come exam-time and you don't know what hit you.

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When all you want to do is take a mini vacation but then realize that class is every single day Monday-Friday day and night (yes. We have night labs during the summer).

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When your summer was ideally supposed to be filled with beach pictures, shopping, and travel, but instead you have come to the realization that the only energy you have left after class and work is spent napping.

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When you live in an apartment and all of your roommates are doing internships or research with no homework afterward, and you wallow in pain at the sight of all the homework and exam studying you have to do on Sundays.

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When you are watching the clock during night lab because all you want to do is go home, eat dinner, watch some Grey's Anatomy, and sleep.

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When you have had 10 weeks of summer classes already and are restless at the fact that the last two weeks are seemingly taking forever to end. Who suddenly froze time!?

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Being grateful that your professor gives you a 5-minute break in the middle of every class, but slowly realizing that this means class is only halfway done.

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When every week is a new cycle of either immense fun on the weekend or absolute horror depending on if that Monday is exam-day or just the start of a new week.

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Missing all your friends from home and family and sufficing with weekly facetime calls.

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But after all the complaining, you come to realize how productive and honestly amazing this summer has been. You become so close with your new roommates for the summer and have time to explore your college city that you never actually explored during the year. You live for the late night talks and movie nights, random dance parties in the kitchen and living room, henna nights with your friends, and learning more about each other than you could have if you went home. You finally learn how to actually cook something for yourself. You actually appreciate how much you have learned in class this summer! Thank you, Dr. Bing, for being such an amazing teacher. It's true you have those days where you miss home and all you want to do is to take a vacation abroad, but at least you are almost done with classes now and have less of a burden during the following semesters. To everyone taking classes over the summer: push through it! We're almost done!

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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.
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Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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Why Its Okay To Not Go Back To Your Hometown For The Summer

What you need this break is the right way to spend it.

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As the week of finals ends every college student begins to feel this sense of relief. It's the time of year that the sun is shining and outside adventures begin. Plans laying by the water with a cool drink begin to come true.

But for many students that are just ready to enjoy a very much deserved break, there's an overshadowing pressure. A pressure to spend summer, not in the college town that's become important to you, but to spend all your time in the hometown hours away.

Torn between your homesickness and the home you once lived and the new home you've finally settled into. But what's the right answer to how much time is spent in your hometown this summer.

Simply there is no clear answer. Each of us needs mentally, emotionally, and physically something different this summer break. Maybe weekends, one week, or the whole time is what you, personally need to enjoy this time off. But I encourage you to really think about what you need, and not feel pressured to do anything.

Invite your family to spend time with you in this new world of yours. Ask your friends from home to come to visit and meet your friends here in college. The road runs both ways, and if they love you they will spend time with you.

Your friends, job, and life you've built since you moved to college shouldn't have to be put on hold every summer. Never let yourself feel like you have to live a double life just to keep others happy.

But never forget there are more options out there. Those who care about you will understand that you need to refresh from school is an important aspect for your health.

Going home this summer would be great! But if you need to just chill at your apartment to be able to mentally refresh from the year then go for it! If you want to spend your summer back in the town you love with your friends and family you have missed so dearly, then awesome!

This is your summer. Take ahold of it. Use it for fun adventures, long laughs, unforgettable memories, and most importantly a much-deserved break.

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