Summer. As the days get warmer and the humidity rises, we know summer is on the way. Excitement wells up as we all anticipate the blissful months of break. But what if your summer is cut short this year? What if you’re going to attend the University of Florida in summer B?

Josh Dawson, a sophomore marketing major, knows this feeling all too well.

“I applied for fall and, when I got in to summer B, I was bummed because I had to go early. My summer was cut short” he recalls. “But once I got here, I was so glad I did it,” Dawson says.

A sophomore in chemical engineering, Kristen Hansen, explains her initial reaction to her summer B acceptance made her feel inferior to other applicants. “Most all my high school friends got admitted for fall, and I felt inferior. Yet, after attending summer B, I realized that the head start actually gave me an advantage,” Hansen says.

What is the difference between summer B and fall terms of admission? Summer B is a six-week session of courses during the second half of the summer. During this time, the minimum full-time load is six credits as opposed to 12 credits required in the fall. This gives students who are admitted for summer B the ability to adapt to college-level courses and learn their way around campus without the stress of a full course load or a full campus.

Dawson says some of the benefits of summer enrollment are the chance to get acquainted with the campus and to learn how to study at the college level before football season opens. He remembers his friends struggling to adjust to college-level courses while he was able to relax because he had already figured out how to prepare himself.

Bailey Robinson, a freshman biology major, agrees. “Classes in college are so much different than classes in high school. Enrolling in summer helped me figure that out.”

Another advantage to coming to UF in summer B is having a smaller environment to make friends.

“My expectations were definitely exceeded because it was a more relaxed vibe over the summer, and people were open to making friends,” Hansen says. A surprise luau party hosted at her dorm was one of her summer term memories. “There was just ten or so of us hanging out in someone’s dorm and then we walked outside and the resident assistants were grilling burgers and distributing snow cones.”

But don’t be fooled, Summer B is not just fun and games. The transition to college can be difficult at times. Adjusting to life on your own, a new place, new people, and college-level courses are some of the main challenges that new students face as they enroll in a university, whether in summer B or fall. Having space in your schedule to adapt to these changes is one of the biggest advantages of summer B.

“At first, I was really homesick but being here during summer B really comforted me. It helped me to be able to realize that I would actually be okay here,” says Robinson. She recalls indulging in weekly hangouts where she and her roommate would catch up and relax together.

During Summer B, take time to check out the unique spots around the city of Gainesville, find the best places to study, try out new restaurants, and meet new people. Haoquan Yuan, a freshman with a double major in finance and Chinese says, “Have a balance in your life. Play hard but study harder.”

Yuan says he enjoyed meeting new friends on the rec center basketball courts and strongly recommends going to the springs located near Gainesville. “They’re really cool, and you don’t find them anywhere else,” he says.