6 Reasons Why You Should Graduate Early

6 Reasons Why You Should Graduate Early

You're in the head of the game when you think smarter than harder.
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From Preschool to Elementary School to Middle School to High School then college, our whole life is filled with school. Basically, five days out of the week everything is about school. Heck, sometimes even the weekends are about school. For instance, when you have to do extra homework or you have to study, sometimes it might be on the weekends. School can be draining and exhausting and sometimes you feel over it and just want to be done with it already. Although you don't have to go to college, you might want a better education so you pursue it even though you might want to be done as quick as you came in. So why not take more credits than you need each semester, heck even take some in the summer, so you can graduate a semester early? Then you could finally be done. Or maybe you want more school, but you could have time to think about that if you finish early. Who wants to finish on time when you can be ahead of the game.

Here are 6 reasons why you should graduate early from college.

1. You're finally FREE

Did I mean to say free? Yes, yes I did! Because you're finally free from school! You no longer have to attend anymore! It's exciting, but also scary at the same time because it will be new for you. Ever since you were three years old you went to school. It's basically your whole life minus two years.


2. You get to spend more time on what you want to do

Being able to graduate early, you can think about what you truly want to know. Even though you worked hard on your major, maybe you are still trying to figure out what path to take and this is where you can have that extra semester to think about and really dedicate this time to work on yourself.


3. You can get started early on a graduate program

Maybe you do know what you want to do and after you graduate early, you can go right into a graduate program so you can get through that early as well.


4.You can travel

Getting out of college, you want to be able to see the world. Especially since you have been cooped up in studying forever. Once you graduate you are ready to set sail and if you graduate early you can pursue traveling even earlier.


5. You can get a job more easily

Usually, there are fewer people who graduate early because they usually graduate on time or late. Since there are fewer people graduating there is less competition for jobs.


6. Discover Yourself

It is finally your time to discover who you are, on your own. You have done everything that was expected from you from your parents, but now it is your turn. It is your turn to find things that you want to expect from yourself.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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