Spring semester is already in the works and with that, its time to start planning out your summer and whether or not summer classes or an internship (or both) may be right for you.
Depending on your current class load and academic history, summer time is usually the best time to catch up on classes that may not be available during the regular school year. Not only that, taking summer classes gives you a chance to focus on your classes in a timelier manner than during the normal school year. Perhaps you took a class that was difficult and did not get the best grade in or maybe you failed a class, summer time is the perfect opportunity for a second chance at it.
In addition, some professors stay on campus over summer to teach a few classes. If you are staying at your college or university, consider this the time to try networking with them. Now, if you decide to take your summer classes at your local community college (which may be less expensive anyways) make sure the classes you are taking can transfer over before signing yourself up for a class that will not transfer over at all. For this reason, I suggest talking to an academic advisor before hand, to plan all this out.
Whether you are trying to boost your GPA or get ahead, consider taking some summer classes. Who knows what kind of experience you will get out of it and how you will enrich your own education.