Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
Q: Dad, now that freshman year is ending, what about summer school?
A: First, you need to make sure you have a job that pays you money. Second, summer school is a great idea, and you can take a class or two at the local community college. A lot of people like to take a course they are worried about or that might give them trouble. The atmosphere is usually more relaxed and you have fewer distractions, so it's a great way to get ahead on your hours and get a tough course out of the way.