It’s all about planning ahead.
That’s why many SJC Long Island students are choosing to stay behind in the classroom this summer and bulk up on credits.
“I felt that it would lighten my fall and spring course load,” said freshman Gianna Palazzo, just after leaving chemistry class in O’Connor Hall this week. “It’s more one-on-one with the professors during the summer because there are less kids. It’s more helpful this way.”
Taylor Firrello, also a freshman, agreed, adding, “I feel the summer classes make the fall and spring semesters easier.”
Summer sessions — offered to students at both St. Joseph’s campuses — are all about giving students the opportunity to gain more credits or catch up on some credits they may have been missing. The College conducts three summer sessions, in addition to a weekend session that runs from May 18 until August 25.
The first session began May 28, and goes until June 24. The second session is from July 1 – 29. The third session began May 28, and runs to July 23.
Attending a summer session comes with sacrifice.
“If I wasn’t taking a summer class, I’d probably be on vacation with my friends and family,” said Miranda Tenaglia, an SJC Long Island freshman.
Seniors Danielle Degirolamo and Angela Iervolino signed up for an Advanced Acting course at the Clare Rose Playhouse. They are tasked with helping Sister Grace Rowland build the set for the production of Godspell. Performances begin August 22.
Iervolino and DeGirolamo enrolled in the course to get ahead of fall semester credits so that they are less stressed while they are student teaching.
“I’m taking a summer class so I can get my credits done early and I can focus more on student teaching during the fall semester,” Danielle DeGirolamo said.
“Summer classes get rid of some of the stress I would have while student teaching,” said Angela Iervolino. “I’d be working a lot more hours if I didn’t have a class.”