Correction appended: Feb. 27, 2013.
While most of Penn State’s student population leaves State College for the summer, some students choose to remain at Penn State to participate in summer session.
For those interested in summer session, the Office for Summer Session is holding an information fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center.
The fair, in its second year, helps “bring awareness” to available courses and programs during the summer, Director of Penn State’s Office for Summer Session Yaw Agawu-Kakraba said.
Many of colleges, including the College of the Liberal Arts and the Smeal College of Business, will be stationed at tables. Students will be able to ask representatives questions about what their college has to offer during summer session and information on financial aid will also be offered, Agawu-Kakraba said.
About 250 students attended the fair last year, and the Office for Summer Session hopes more will attend this year’s fair, Jessica Folmar, administrative support assistant for the Office for Summer Session, said.
Folmar will be at the fair answering students’ questions and helping them navigate around the fair, she said.
Summer session provides students with the option of taking courses they need to stay on track and about 10,000 students attended summer session during the summer of 2012, Agawu-Kakraba said.
Taylor Kantner participated in summer session during the summer of 2012, and she said it “definitely” helped ease her transition from high school.
“When I came back in the fall, I knew where everything was and didn’t have to walk around with a map,” Kantner (freshman-criminal justice) said.
Folmar also said summer session is a good time to catch up on credits, or even get ahead.
“Taking summer courses can open up a student’s schedule, so they can take an internship in the fall or spring when it is less competitive,” Folmar said.
Another option besides Summer Session I and II is Maymester, which runs from May 6 to June 5, according to the Penn State Summer Session website.
Maymester can give seniors the chance to graduate in June if they didn’t fulfill all of the requirements during spring semester, Agawu-Kakraba said.
An earlier version of this article attributed incorrect information to Director of Penn State’s Office for Summer Session Yaw Agawu-Kakraba and stated incorrect information about an information session. According to a flier released by Penn State University Park Summer Session, current students can learn more about summer opportunities at Penn State at an information session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall.