Fun in the Sun at The University of Olivet

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The University of Olivet campus in the summer is peaceful and calm. Our beloved squirrels run wild, the trees grace the square with shade and flowers abound. It’s quiet. It’s beautiful. Despite the quiet, a lively student population remains on campus throughout the summer.  

Rising senior Destinee Hawkins is one such student. “Campus is nice in the summer. There are enough people here to have fun,” she said. After spending last summer on campus taking classes and working as a resident assistant and in the Burrage Library, Destinee decided to stay on campus again this summer. 

The University of Olivet offers a variety of summer classes. The College also partners with Acadeum College Consortium, a course-sharing organization that allows students to take online courses through partnered institutions. It was through this organization that Destinee decided to take one of her required psychology classes this summer. Fully online and asynchronous, the class allows Destinee freedom to work and spend time with friends while completing her coursework when it is most convenient for her.  

In addition to her online class, Destinee is taking her psychology practicum this summer, which is also required for graduating. This is a one-credit class in which she interns at the Health and Wellness Center.  

The bulk of her learning comes from weekly evaluations she completes. Each week, Destinee reflects on the past week and sets a new goal for the week ahead. Some of her favorite tasks this summer have been creating a bulletin board for Juneteenth and organizing a campus-wide Fourth of July scavenger hunt.  

Destinee’s practicum is not only a class. As a member of the Health and Wellness team, she earns both credit and compensation for the work that she completes for her practicum. This is true for many of the practicums and internships The University of Olivet offers, and many students benefit from the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable hands-on experience over the summer 

The College makes the summers as accommodating as possible. Housing is discounted for students taking summer classes—even offering free housing for those taking six or more credits. Housing operations has also worked to create fun and engaging events for the students on campus this summer. Some of the events this summer included a day trip to Pride Fest in Grand Rapids, a weekend on Mackinaw Island and a day trip to Frankenmuth. These are great opportunities for students to have fun, see beautiful places in Michigan and spend time with each other. 

 Summer is Michigan’s time to shine, and students can enjoy the season on Olivet’s campus. “It’s a good opportunity to get on campus and be here over the summer,” said Destinee. If you have a good group of friends or people that you know, you’ll have enough to do. Sometimes we go down to Cutler and work out or we go to the pool or downtown to the park. I like being here and being connected over the summer.” 

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@uolivet.edu. 



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