Nonetheless, I was only taking one class. After I filled my mind with economic theorems that my very humanitarian mind had a hard time grasping, I walked out the doors greeted by UNC's beautiful campus and would lay for hours on the quad with my friends, wasting time that I didn’t have during the normal school year.
Having a class and also working a part-time job got overwhelming at times. It was hard balancing traditional school work with the erratic time schedule of being a breaking editor. If you have a class requirement that you know you’re just not gonna do swell in, I would highly recommend taking it over the summer. Although it’s definitely more expensive, risking your GPA with one class that definitely doesn’t represent your academic intelligence isn't worth it.
Taking one or two summer classes also makes it easier to focus and digest all the information that you may not have time for during the school year.
On my days off from my part-time job and school, I could study my class content for a little bit in a very empty Davis Library, and then I was free to wander Chapel Hill and its ins-and-outs. I went to restaurants and holes-in-the-walls I “didn’t have time for” during the school year. I visited North Carolina’s many beaches and could actually enjoy my vacation time, rather than worrying about the four classes and part-time job I’d have waiting for me when I got back.
Overall, staying in Chapel Hill over the summer was a time for me to really get to appreciate the community I have in this town.