I think that a lot of people are worried about giving up their summer to take courses online. But in my experience, professors will give assignments at least a week in advance. So that whatever your work schedule is, you can really plan it around whatever you may be doing

Taylor Trotta is a senior double major in Elementary Education and Music Production and Recording Arts. Trotta has participated in two online courses and is grateful for Elon Summer as it allowed for her to complete her two degrees within four years. Revealing that it was helpful since there isn’t much overlap in credits between her two concentrations, especially since her senior spring schedule needed to be dedicated to student teaching.

Trotta primarily enjoyed the flexible structure of an online class. “I think that a lot of people are worried about giving up their summer to take courses online. But in my experience, professors will give assignments at least a week in advance. So that whatever your work schedule is, you can really plan it around whatever you may be doing.” Explaining she feels Elon professors are very aware that students are not full time and have more obligations in the summer than during a normal term. Thus, professors prepare their syllabuses to accommodate great flexibility so there is time to spend summer with family and friends.

Trotta felt that her courses still possessed the collaborative and community environment unique to Elon. Interacting with students from different disciplines and nationalities via class forum posts were pertinent to her diversity course, offering different perspectives and experiences from her peers. Trotta’s biggest advice to succeed in the summer is “making sure that you set time aside for yourself, it’s important to learn time management for college and the real world. Elon Summer helps you with that, especially since the professor isn’t expecting to see you in a physical class setting, making you the one responsible for getting assignments done on time.”