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Staying sharp with summer courses

July 13, 2021 · 2 min read · By Lauren Dohr
ASU Online brand ambassador Lauren tells us how she uses her summer courses to keep her skills sharp.
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Summer sessions are an awesome way to stay on track and even to get ahead on coursework. This is especially true if you’re like me and not only work full-time, but also have a kiddo at home who has decided they need to be in dance, piano, soccer, and whatever else they can come up with. I also have three dogs; but now that Koda is out of the puppy phase, there are not as many vet appointments for them.

For me, the benefits of taking summer courses are that I complete a degree plan at a faster pace, I stay on track with my learning, and I don’t have to take as many fall or spring semester courses. That means spending more time with my family, volunteering, figuring out how to move around schoolwork, or even playing in the yard with the pups, rather than trying to complete more coursework. Prior to transferring to ASU Online, I used to explain that I couldn’t go on hikes because I had a ton of homework to complete. Summer classes gave me the freedom to go on mini adventures all year!

The benefits of taking summer courses are that I complete a degree plan at a faster pace, I stay on track with my learning, and I don’t have to take as many fall or spring semester courses.

Lauren Dohr

ASU Online student and brand ambassador

I have a knack for picking summer courses that explore the applications of leadership and project management. Being able to fully assess all this new information has kept me on my toes. This summer session, I learned more about different frames of leadership, and I've been able to apply that knowledge to those around me. I've utilized these tools to change my own approach thus far to my professional, academic, and even my personal life. Because I’m in human resources, knowing how to adjust my own style of work to complement a wide range of employees and applicants is a vital tool.

This summer, I enrolled in my final courses of my undergraduate degree. I wanted to finish up my bachelor’s as quickly as possible and jump into the master’s program. One of my current professors will also be my instructor for two of my next master’s courses, which is great!


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About the author

Lauren Dohr is a brand ambassador from south Florida. She’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a minor in history through ASU Online. 

We're so excited to share Lauren’s story! Lauren is a part of our #learnASUlive team, an ASU Online brand ambassador program highlighting students who are earning their degrees while living their lives to the fullest. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check back for new articles from Lauren so that you can follow along with her journey. To check out all her posts to date, visit Lauren’s Instagram!

Want to hear from our other ambassadors, too? Use the #learnASUlive hashtag across your favorite social channels to browse through them!

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