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How to Get Ahead and Still Enjoy your Summer

Summer is now in full swing and many Southern Illinois University students are off relaxing at their parent’s homes or at the beach. But, if you are looking for a way to get ahead on your classes for next fall, there are ways you can do so and still enjoy your summer. Here are a few options for you to consider.

Online Courses

One of the great things about Southern Illinois University is that they offer over 1,000 courses during the summer, many of which are held online. This option allows students to have the opportunity to take a class or two over the summer and still have the opportunity to travel and see their family.

These classes are taught by full-time faculty and offer flexible schedules to help with other summer activity schedules. Plus, most classes only meet for about five weeks, which allows students to still have time for summer fun.

Tips for Managing Online Summer Classes

When it comes to summer classes, there are definitely some things you can do to make them more enjoyable. Start by selecting classes you will enjoy when creating your schedule. You should also select classes that aren’t as challenging as others so that you will still have some time to relax and recoup before school starts in the fall.

Finally, make sure you take a look at your schedule and plan accordingly. For example, if you have a vacation scheduled for the latter part of the summer, you may want to avoid overloading your class schedule during this time. Likewise, make sure you avoid taking too many classes and becoming overwhelmed with your summer schedule.

For those who are looking for a great luxury student apartment in the Edwardsville area, contact us today. Our apartments are great for students and will help you stay on top of your game throughout the summer and the rest of the year.


Starting Summer Out Right in Edwardsville

If you aren’t planning to take summer classes over the break, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of activities to help you relax and enjoy your summer in Edwardsville, IL. Whether you love spending time outdoors, relaxing by the pool or catching up on the latest movie craze, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. To help you plan out your summer, here are a few options to choose from.

Campus Activities

One great thing about the university is that there are plenty of fun classes and activities planned during the summer. Some students, for example, choose to take classes in swimming or disc golf during the summer. In many instances, these types of classes may be required as an elective, so this is a great way to get them out-of-the-way and have some fun at the same time.

Local Favorites

Along with campus classes, you will find that there are many establishments throughout the town that cater to having a great time. For example, there are multiple movie theaters in town where you can catch an early or a late movie. You can also visit Edison’s Entertainment Complex if you are looking for a night of bowling, laser tag and arcade games.

For those looking to spend some time outdoors, there are several nature centers and gardens throughout the city that offer fantastic views and experiences. Even the arts have been taken care of in Edwardsville with the many arts and antiques centers in town.

Nearby Activities

For those willing to drive a short distance, you will find that there are many exciting activities in St. Louis and surrounding communities. For example, festivals are held throughout the summer in towns surrounding Edwardsville and you can catch some pretty phenomenal live music at concerts in St. Louis over the summer.

Looking for a great luxury student apartment in Edwardsville? Contact us today. We offer apartments that are just minutes from some of the most exciting events in the city and that will keep you comfortable throughout the entire year.


Giving Back: 2016 Walk & Run for Wishes

On Saturday May 14th students in Edwardsville will get the chance to make dreams come true for kids with serious medical conditions when Make-a-Wish Illinois comes to SIUE’s Korte Stadium to host a 5K walk, run, and fun costume contest. The event helps raise funds for children’s “wish lists” in order to uplift their spirits and increase their strength and quality of life.

This year’s Walk & Run for Wishes kicks off with registration starting at 7:30am at the stadium, followed by the 5K run and walk at 9am. The Make a Wish Foundation’s goal is to use the proceeds from this and other area events to grant 700 wishes to Illinois families this year. Some of the past wishes granted for area kids include meeting their favorite princesses and movie characters at a Florida theme park, seeing the ocean for the first time, swimming with dolphins, visiting the Kennedy Space Center to see the space shuttles, and of course eating their fill of ice cream and cotton candy!

Students ages 18-22 can register for the event here for $15, and can sign up as an individual or can form a team. The adult fees are $25 for walkers and $30 for runners, and children 18 and under are $10. If you can’t make the event, you can donate to Walk & Run for Wishes Edwardsville here. For more information, contact Emily Seifert at, or call 312-602-9425. Feel free to contact us as well if you’re interested in joining together with your AXIS Edwardsville neighbors to support this worthy cause!


May The 4th Be With You

May 4th is officially Star Wars Day and because it’s an official day, you can celebrate it. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you’ve got to love the wit of the day. Was it chosen because it’s the day the first movie was released? Or was it chosen because it’s George Lucas’s birthday? Neither. It’s because when you say the day, you’re verbalizing “May the Force Be with You.” Get it? It’s totally great.

So why not choose your favorite way to celebrate in luxury student living? One way you can celebrate is by streaming the Star Wars movies! Plan which one you want to watch the most – this may be the one that’s your favorite, or it might be that one you haven’t seen yet. Invite friends over, especially those friends who might never have seen it. Plan a costume party. Why not grab some light sabers, form a team, and do battle, as people in some cities have done.

In fact, if you don’t have time or energy to get the party started, there are plenty of virtual events to take part in (and what better way to celebrate Star Wars than to collapse time and space). One good way to participate is to follow the hashtag #Maythe4thBeWithYou or #Starwars on Twitter. (The latter is heavily into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.) You can vote on the best clips from Star Wars or other fan-heavy stuff.

Lastly, check out this recipe for blue milk. Easy, simple, and quick. You get 1 cup milk and stir in ½ teaspoon unsweetened blue fruit punch mix. It will turn light blue – nothing heavy duty, but it won’t be white. Add up to 1 teaspoon sugar to taste. What better way to celebrate than to whip up a batch of this ultimate Star Wars specialty.

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