By Angela Groom
Pro-tip #1000345: Taking summer courses can not only benefit you as a student but it may just save your GPA (and more importantly, your scholarships).
There are three moments of a college student’s career that are particularly stressful: the threat of losing one’s scholarships, finals week (you know, the week where you can ruin an entire semester’s worth of work in a day or two), and graduation, which is also known as the exact time you realize how much you owe in student loans.
The Blade staff can only offer a tip with one of these issues because the other two are a part of life. If you are on the verge of losing your academic scholarships, or in the event that you are an athlete and need to be eligible for your upcoming season, summer courses may need to be added to your to-do list.
If this seems like common sense to you, I have every reason to be confident that you are not a freshman. It is no secret that Providence Christian College is rigorous and freshman year has to be the most difficult of one’s college career. The average freshman (especially if you’re like me, from two states away and do not know anyone) has one main focus and that would be adjustment. You might be here to get totally sweet grades or play a sport but overall you are getting a feel for everything college-related.
College is a milestone in one’s life, which is a breeding ground for mistakes. Sometimes students sacrifice homework (and thus, their grades) because a late night run to In-N-Out is infinitely more appealing than the sixty pages of reading that is due in the morning. This is not to say that you shouldn’t have a social life but personally, my wallet and my grades suffered from all of the infinitely more appealing things my freshman year.
During the summer, between my freshman and sophomore years, the odds of keeping my academic scholarships were not in my favor. I got in touch with Providence’s registrar, Patty Tsai, and I asked her what credits I could take from a community college in my hometown, Albuquerque, in order to boost my GPA.
If you’re concerned about your grades, eligibility, or you just really like to learn, get in touch with our registrar, Patty Tsai, and learn more about how you can save your grade.