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Summer Update: From Skyline to community college

Hi everyone! This summer is passing by so fast. This past Thursday was my last day of summer classes at Diablo Valley College. Even though I was just improving my grades in two courses, this has turned out to be a learning experience.

At the beginning of the summer, I was very excited about attending classes at this community college. About two weeks into classes, though, my thoughts changed. I was very disappointed in myself for not doing as well as I could have in my high school courses and almost thought of myself as a failure since I could not do many of the other amazing things that some other classmates are doing this summer due to summer school. Surrounded by other students seizing the same opportunity to take summer courses, I became less focused on summer and more focused on doing the very best in my class and became excited about school again. Still, I stuck it out, turned in my chem labs on time, did all of the math homework, and I ended up with solid Bs in both courses!

Taking the summer courses at DVC has changed me because it has made me more responsible. I am now more organized, better at managing my time, and more focused on doing well in school overall. Since taking these two courses, I know that I am welln prepared for and can succeed in college. Now I am just excited not only enjoy the rest of my summer, but for it to be over so that I ca put my learned skills to good use during my senior year!

What are your thoughts on summer school? What are your experiences with summer school? Did it change your outlook on some things in life as well? Feel free to share!

dbroussard

  • Nextset

    What I remember about the summer school classes is that the students I met there – who were from other school districts than my home district – were the same people I saw in College classes later and maybe a few I ran into later in Law School, in Bar Review and in practice years later (at least one or two in particular).

    I went to summer school every year at Oakland Tech’s UC Berkeley managed summer school. I remember taking a year of biology one summer and physics the next.

    The students at summer school were serious about their educational careers and that was different from the high school crowd who were not so serious. Summer school was an important tool to transition to college. The classes were run by UC grad students as if they were running a college course – but we had 2 instructors in every classroom of 24 rather than one instructor for 35 students at Berkeley for study group with a 1 to 500 ratio for college lectures.

    And summer school was segregated – it excluded the dulls and the students who couldn’t cut it. Kind of like UC Berkeley. Summer School was run the way my high school should have been run. Tough and no excuses for anything – and the time flew by, we were completely engaged by the work and the attention. Public HS was more boring as they slowed everything down to the pace of the dullest students in the room.

    It probably made a difference in my surviving college. Some of my relatives dropped out of UC, they didn’t have the summer school history and went to UC directly from public high schools and were in academic trouble fairly quickly.

  • http://truelifeimdiamond.blogspot.com Diamond Broussard

    I agree that summer school is run how public high school should. I find that I enjoy being challenged. So during the regular school year when things go much slower I get bored, and then I get lazy. I might continue to take at least one summer school course every summer until I graduate from college!

  • John

    I must say, I’m impressed with the quality of alternative young bloggers Katie has chosen to fill the gap in her absence.

  • Barbara Schmidt

    I’m thrilled that Diamond likes taking college classes. I, too, wish that high school was more like college due to the variety of classes offered at a junior college or university because we might have less of a drop out rate in high school. I hope diamond keeps in touch with her previous teachers, especially in elementary school (5th grade), so she can speak in their classes and motivate the students.