Summer Session courses part of student’s recipe for success

Published: March 3, 2014

Kylie Youmans has spent her summers in the sun, studying for summer courses, and making time for a host of hobbies. When she is not studying, she is a CU Student Ambassador, a Young Life College leader, and a student blogger for the Office of Admissions. The senior is set to graduate in May with a degree in psychology and a minor in education.

“I am a woman of many hobbies — I love to be active, try new recipes, do arts and crafts, and seek out little restaurants in Boulder,” she said. “Summer classes allowed me to take 12-14 credits each semester for the second half of my college experience, and that allowed me to participate in way more activities throughout the year.”

Youmans credits Summer Session courses with keeping her on track to graduate in four years. Additionally, Summer Session provided some of Youmans’ most memorable CU-Boulder courses, including Shakespeare for Non-Majors and Modern Literature. Both classes offered course formats that are unique to summer, such as Maymester, an intensive session that allows students to earn up to three credits in three weeks. 

“Modern Lit was a Maymester class, so we were asked to read a novel every two days,” she said. “I would take my book to the pool and read while enjoying the sunshine.

“In my Shakespeare class, we got to watch the movie renditions of Shakespeare's plays and analyze the director's perspective on the classic plays. We also got to watch a Shakespeare play at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival because it coincided with our class, and it was awesome to get to experience the play live.”

Summer Session made a lasting impression on Youmans, and she recommends summer courses to her peers.

“Boulder in the summer is a magical place — the weather is wonderful and you never run out of things to do,” she said. “Summer class is an awesome opportunity to take classes individually so you can focus on fewer at a time. The classes are also smaller, so you will get to know your professor and classmates well.”

Registration for Summer Session begins March 5. Students can choose from more than 500 courses and online courses offered over a series of terms. To learn more, students can meet with advisors from every college and school at the Summer Session Information Fair on Monday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UMC Gallery. 

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