Summer classes offer options for getting ahead on a degree

Written by | MIKAELA CHAVEZ |

Some students like their summers off to get a break from college and to have some fun, but other students take summer courses to complete their schooling more efficiently. Summer courses at Amarillo College allow you to swiftly get through your classes at a faster pace. “I take summer classes because I am engaged to be married, and before I get married and start that new journey of my life, I would like to be done with school,” said Sydnee Thrash, a nuclear medicine major. “Also, I knew with the major I chose that it was going to take me longer to get through, so summer classes have been really beneficial for me.”

Kali Miskemen, an education major, is ready to finish school so she can begin her life and career. “I am taking summer classes because I am ready to move on to the next step in my life,” Miskemen said. “College is great, but I am more of a fast-paced person, and I am ready to put what I have learned to use and get my career started.”

Justin Savage, a fire academy major, said, “I knew if I didn’t attempt college and try to become something more that I was just going to end up working somewhere I hated. I don’t exactly like school; it’s not for everyone, and I don’t really think it is for me, but I take the summer classes so I can get through it faster and move on with life.” Jacob Badillo, an oral surgeon major, said he is prepared to put in the work to achieve his goals. “I knew with the field I’m going into, I will be going to school for a while, which is OK with me,” he said. “I think people should definitely take advantage of summer classes, especially if you are like me and have a lot of schooling ahead of you.

“If you can speed up the process, it’s only going to benefit you and get your career started sooner.” Colton Sparks, a culinary major, is ready for his future. “I honestly love the idea of having my future and living it already,” he said. “For me, school seems to take so long and you are doing the same things over and over, class after class. Summer classes are perfect to take advantage of and to get done early.”

Dori Chambers, a nursing major, is balancing family, work and college. “I take summer classes because I work and have a family and kids to support,” Chambers said. “I need to be there for them as much as possible. Having the opportunity to get through school faster is amazing. I couldn’t think of a reason why I wouldn’t take the opportunity to be with my family and help support them in better ways.”

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