In 1987, Summer School, the movie created the misconception that summer classes were something only for losers and slackers. The movie focuses on one lazy teacher and a class full of students who would rather learn nothing.
Perhaps you remember the student Chainsaw yelling, “You passed and I failed! You (explicative deleted). How could you do that to me?” With his friend Dave quickly recovering, “It was an accident. I’ll take it again. I can fail, I know I can.”
Today, things have changed. At least things at EWU have; after all, this isn’t high school, and they don’t offer driver’s education.
However, surprisingly, attendance numbers for summer classes are low according to Cathy Dixon, marketing manager for the Division of Educational Outreach.
Besides knowing the summer session is shorter, at eight weeks, most students are not aware of the advantages of taking summer classes.
Dixon said that any student interested in saving money on lower tuition costs or waiving nonresident fees should consider taking summer classes. Enrollment costs are going to be waived for summer.
Beyond saving money, students may find that they are able to enroll in those hard-to-get classes. High school graduates may want to use the opportunity to get a jump-start for next year. Others might want to simply lighten future course loads by taking that difficult statistics class during summer quarter instead of next fall as they had planned.
She said that the summer session offers flexible hours for those who need to work and that financial loans are available.
Not all of the classes go the entire eight weeks of the quarter. Some classes are short workshops such as fly fishing and some classes, like Shakespeare in Oregon, are field trips that last about a week.
Some students, who need to take a full year of a foreign language to graduate, can take the whole year of German or Spanish during the summer quarter alone.
Starting June 20 and continuing through Aug. 12, the students will spend five days per week immersed in learning the language and earning 15 credits.
A student looking to earn two or three credits, but wanting to incorporate this with outdoor activities might enroll in the backpacking, outdoor survival or map and compass classes that are available this summer.
Finally, students may find the summer session is a great time to take that drugs and behavior or mind altering substances class, in which they will study “the uses and abuses of narcotics, hallucinogenics, barbiturates, amphetamines and alcohol,” according to the course catalogue.
The theme of the summer session catalogue for 2005 is “suit yourself.” The idea, according to Dixon, is to have students find classes and a schedule that they can customize to their needs.