Get a Head-Start on Your New Year's Resolutions: Taking Courses over Winter Break

Get a Head-Start on Your New Year's Resolutions: Taking Courses over Winter Break
Beth Dumbauld

By Danika Rockett, Ph.D.

If you're like many college students, you might have a break coming up after the holidays. And if you are one of the 31 million American adults with some college credit under your belt but you haven't yet completed your degree, you might be thinking about academic goals as part of your New Year's resolution list. The coming weeks might be the perfect time to think about finishing your degree.

Earn Your Degree Faster or Catch Up

Lots of colleges have winter breaks ahead of spring semester, and for many students this offers an opportunity to relax and step away from the stress of studying for exams and coursework. However, some students use this time either to catch up on courses they need for their degree program--or perhaps to accelerate the time to degree completion. If you are hoping to earn your college degree faster or fill gaps in your program's course requirements, taking a StraighterLine course over winter break could be just the solution you've been looking for.

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Oftentimes these breaks are relatively short--around a month or so--which means StraighterLine's self-paced, 100% online courses are a great option for students looking for courses that don't require a full semester's worth of seat-time. You complete StraighterLine courses on your own schedule, saving both time and money as you earn college credit.

Which Course to Take?

Check out our comprehensive catalog of general education courses and see if a subject meets your degree completion needs--and check off an item on your list of New Year's resolutions!

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About the Author: Danika Rockett, Ph.D., is a strategic partner and course manager at StraighterLine specializing in English composition and communication. As a former English and Technical Communication professor, she manages all courses that involve qualitative assessment; she also helps develop and improve course content.  She has nearly 10 years of university teaching experience, both online and in the classroom.

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