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Old 14-12-13, 07:36 PM   #1
 
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Default Should I graduate a year early? Yes or no?

I can't decide if I should graduate early. Technically if I pick up an extra english and history class over the summer I'll be able to graduate with the class above me in 2015. I have a killer 4.0 GPA and I have a bunch of community service and extracurriculars under my belt. My school offers each student a single free community college course, and there's a program you can apply to the end of your junior year that allows you to take free college courses at a technology school. Both of those programs are really good opportunities to get the taste of college, but neither schools provide a very good, quality education that I'm looking for. It doesn't take much to get into either of those programs, and I really feel like if I'm going to spending time on college courses I may as well do it at a good college. That's why I'm leaning towards graduating early. So far my pro's for graduating early are: I can start college early which means one year less later down the road; I can be in a setting where my peers also want to learn instead of it just being me; I'll be with a more mature peer group; and I'll be able to get away from my dysfunctional family. Con's: I'll have a year less to boost my SAT scores (I'm taking them this spring of my sophomore year); I'll have less time to work and save up money for college; my mom will lock me out of her life (by me graduating early she loses child support and a tax write off).

I really want to graduate early, I'm just a little hesitant because i'm afraid that colleges won't want me. I'm an over all good student, extracurricularly and grade wise. I also do a lot of community service. Will colleges over look me for only have attended 3 years of high school rather than 4? I'll still have all of the requirements that 4 year high schools would. I just took classes a year above my grade level and extra independent and online classes which is why I'm so far ahead. What do you think my chances are for getting a good scholar ship? What do you think I should do? I'd really rather not stay another year with my ass hole classmates; but if you think it'd look better to colleges i will. Please give me your advice!
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Default Re: Should I graduate a year early? Yes or no?

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I can't decide if I should graduate early. Technically if I pick up an extra english and history class over the summer I'll be able to graduate with the class above me in 2015. I have a killer 4.0 GPA and I have a bunch of community service and extracurriculars under my belt. My school offers each student a single free community college course, and there's a program you can apply to the end of your junior year that allows you to take free college courses at a technology school. Both of those programs are really good opportunities to get the taste of college, but neither schools provide a very good, quality education that I'm looking for. It doesn't take much to get into either of those programs, and I really feel like if I'm going to spending time on college courses I may as well do it at a good college. That's why I'm leaning towards graduating early. So far my pro's for graduating early are: I can start college early which means one year less later down the road; I can be in a setting where my peers also want to learn instead of it just being me; I'll be with a more mature peer group; and I'll be able to get away from my dysfunctional family. Con's: I'll have a year less to boost my SAT scores (I'm taking them this spring of my sophomore year); I'll have less time to work and save up money for college; my mom will lock me out of her life (by me graduating early she loses child support and a tax write off).

I really want to graduate early, I'm just a little hesitant because i'm afraid that colleges won't want me. I'm an over all good student, extracurricularly and grade wise. I also do a lot of community service. Will colleges over look me for only have attended 3 years of high school rather than 4? I'll still have all of the requirements that 4 year high schools would. I just took classes a year above my grade level and extra independent and online classes which is why I'm so far ahead. What do you think my chances are for getting a good scholar ship? What do you think I should do? I'd really rather not stay another year with my ass hole classmates; but if you think it'd look better to colleges i will. Please give me your advice!
Schools won't pass you over for graduating early, in fact it's very impressive. I think you absolutely have a great shot at getting scholarships, just like I said before, be prepared to be scoping out schools and talking to schools.
Also, if you're indecisive about what field you want to go into, having an extra year in highschool can give you time to explore internships, work study, etc that your school might provide. At the same time, you can also get into school and start taking college classes so that you can take courses that you're interested in.

In the end, only you can answer "yes" or "no". You know your situation better than anyone, and no one here can really make that call for you. Whatever you're comfortable with and think is the best thing to do, go for it.
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