If you’re a full-time student, you may have only considered taking classes during the morning or afternoon. However, night classes are also available to you — and they could be a good option for a number of reasons. However, it’s important to note that they do also have a number of downsides. You’ll need to weigh the pros and cons to decide if they’re right for you.
Pro: Graduate Earlier
If you take a combination of day and night classes, you may be able to fit more into your schedule and finish a semester or two early. This can be appealing if you want to graduate as soon as possible to start earning an income.
Con: Miss Out on Social Events
For many students, the social side of university is important. Night classes may mean you’re unable to attend meetings for extracurriculars and could reduce how much time you have for socializing with friends. You may even be unable to go out after class if you have a large amount of homework.
Pro: Make Time for Other Commitments
If it’s more important for you to work than to socialize, night classes could be ideal. You can find a job with daytime shifts — perhaps something more related to your career goals than a part-time job during evenings and weekends could offer.
Con: Risk of Burnout
If night classes mean you take on a heavier workload and have more responsibilities, you may be exhausted. This puts you at risk of burnout. It’s important to not make any decisions that will mean your performance at university or health suffers.
Pro: Wake Up Late
Making it to morning classes on time can be a big struggle for some students, especially those who are not morning people or who like to stay up late. If you pick all night and afternoon classes, you may never need to wake up early during your time at university, which could be much more comfortable.
Con: Longer Lessons
Night classes often involve longer periods of time in the classroom. You’ll need to decide if you’ll be able to pay attention for the entire duration of the class. This could be extra difficult if you’ve already had a busy day or if you naturally find it easier to concentrate early in the day.
Pro: More Time to Prepare
Taking classes in the daytime often means completing homework during the evenings. If you won’t be filling your day with other activities (such as a job), you’ll be able to use the hours leading up to your night classes for completing assignments and required readings. Some students prefer such a schedule because it helps them feel more prepared for their classes.
If you decide to take night classes, it’s extra important to live near campus . However, there’s no need to live in student residence. You can find Brock University off-campus housing at Parkway Lofts. You’ll be just a 10-minute walk from campus and a short distance from plenty of restaurants and stores. Book a tour to check out the apartments and onsite amenities for yourself.