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4 Tips to Help You Start Summer Class on the Right Foot

Taking a summer class is a great way to get a leg up on your studies. However, getting into the swing of things can be a challenge in summer. You might still be reeling from the Spring semester, or you may feel distracted by the weather. Whether you’re almost done with your degree or new to Governors State University, here are four tips to help you start summer classes right.

1. Know Where You’re Going

Scout it out. Visit campus a few days before or arrive extra early on your first day. It’s a great way to conquer any first-day nerves, and it will help guarantee that you’ll start your semester right. And remember—even if you’re not new to the university, finding your classrooms can take time.

2. Get a Head Start

Summer classes are fast-paced learning programs. Missing one class meeting is like missing one week. Falling behind or into a pattern of procrastination is the last thing you want to do if you want to succeed in your semester. It’s better to stay on top of your coursework than to find yourself trying to play catch-up—it’s often a losing game. Make use of the Academic Resource Center to stay on top of your assignments.

3. Get Involved on Campus

Stop by Student Life and sign up for an extracurricular activity. It is summer, after all, and sometimes the best thing you can do to stay focused is keeping yourself balanced. All work and no play? Well, it bums you out. It’s hard to stay on task sometimes when you’re feeling overly stressed or taxed, so check out the selection of student organizations you can join at GSU. If you don’t see a club for your particular interests, start one of your own!.

4. Get Connected

Stay informed about what’s happening on campus and get on top of some great summer events by following GSU on social media. The more engaged you are with your college community, the more successful your college career will be. You can also share your favorite GSU moments (#GovState) with fellow Jaguars on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, you have GSU Snapchat geofilters so you can snap in style.