4 Pros And 4 Cons Of Graduating College In Less Than 4 Years
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4 Pros And 4 Cons Of Graduating College In Less Than 4 Years

Is it worth it?

4 Pros And 4 Cons Of Graduating College In Less Than 4 Years

It's been a bittersweet feeling knowing I get to graduate college one year earlier than expected. It's awesome in the sense that I get out of one year of late night studying and sitting in a classroom for most of the day. But that also means I lose out on one year of the "best four years of my life." College is that transition period between high school and adulthood. Freedom is a luxury. Here's a list of the pros and cons I've made when making my final decision.


1. Save money

Let's face it, college is expensive. Probably the biggest reason anyone would want to graduate early is to save money.

2. Start your career

The main reason we go to college is so we can start our dream career afterwards. Lucky you, you get to graduate early and start your dream a little sooner than the rest of us.

3. Go to grad school

After graduation, some go straight to work and others decide to continue their education. My decision to go to grad school was based on the fact that I could finish my undergrad in three years. The sooner you complete one degree, the quicker you can pursue another.

4. Avoid senioritis

From what I've heard, senioritis hits the hardest second semester of senior year. If you graduate early, then you avoid that loss of motivation.


1. Leaving your friends

Ever since I've made the decision to graduate early, this has been one of the hardest things to come to terms with. The friendships I've made in college encompass undeniable bonds. There's a sense of security in the friendships that made college a better experience overall. Leaving my friends is something I avoid thinking about.

2. Missing out on senior traditions

It's no secret that senior year comes with perks. As an individual, you earn those perks by doing your time as a freshman, sophomore and junior. For me, I will miss out on living in a senior house, senior wills (sorority event) and the homecoming bar crawl.

3. Entering adulthood sooner

Working 9-5 every day, paying bills, buying your own groceries, filing your taxes and scheduling all your appointments by yourself -- that is what we have to look forward to upon graduation. Life is revolved around one central thing -- responsibility.

4. Cramming in all your credits

You think graduating early doesn't come with some drawbacks? You still have to complete your 120 minimum credit hours, pass all required courses and complete all necessary internships. The average amount of credit hours per semester is 15. I've been doing 18 or more and will continue that till graduation, plus summer classes.

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