RooksWS6 wrote:After spending quite a bit of time researching the pros and cons of the program I decided to do Summer Start because, as others have said, it makes sense for me. I agree that it is something that could be beneficial or not depending on your situation. While I don't see it as a "golden opportunity," I do think it will be nice transition from undergrad. Given the relaxed schedule (the class meets from 10-12 Mon.-Fri.), I'm hoping it will allow me to get comfortable with the type of material and learn some "tricks of the trade" that will be helpful when I'm managing a full class load.
The added benefit of lightening up my load as a 2L or 3L combined with the fact that it's paid for make it worthwhile for me. That said if the opportunity presented itself for me to spend that month or whatever somewhere tropical or backpacking through Europe you can bet I would be doing that instead.
Yeah, if your other option is just sitting around your parents house... its not a bad option. Bloomington is very nice in the summer and it's a cheap city to live in.
I don't know that I get the lightening up course load argument. 3L is a notoriously lax year class wise (you'll either be coasting because of a job offer or working feverishly to find one. Either way, classes won't your priority). Of course, you could try to do what I did and drop down to part time the last semester. That could save a couple thousand and equalize the cost of the summer start.