Graduating early has it's perks

Graduating Early Doesn't Mean Missing Out, It Means You're Ready To Start Your Life

Graduating in less than four years doesn't mean you're missing out on any part of a college experience.


People often think of graduating early in one of two ways. Some people think, "Wow that's great. You're saving money and getting out into the world, congratulations!" Others wonder why students choose to graduate in less than four years. "Aren't you going to miss out on so much?" they wonder.

Let me tell you why my decision to graduate in less than four years does not mean I am missing out on any of my college experience.

The time some of us spend at a college or university is life-altering. Every second we are there, we are changing, growing and evolving. A dear friend of mine says we evolve and devolve throughout our life until we reach who we're meant to be. Needless to say, each one of us changes infinitely while at school. Some of us mature faster than others, some are ready to enter the real world sooner. That doesn't make us better, or smarter, than anyone else. We're just ready to take that next step in our life and see what the adult world has next for us.

Of course we will miss our friends that we get to see so often in a college environment. But true friendships will last long past graduation and on for years after the college scene comes to an end. Just because we may move away from each other, does not mean the friendship is over.

Partying. That's what some people think of when they think about the true college experience. While game days and socials will sure be missed, those frats houses and bars where everyone is packed in like sardines will not. Graduating early does not mean I will totally stop going out and having a good time. I had my fun in college and now it's time to visit new places and make new memories.

"You'll be gaining so many responsibilities, don't you wait on those just a little longer?" That's the best question I've been asked about when explaining my decision to graduate early. What responsibilities will I be taking on? Rent? Groceries? Bills? I've been tackling those since I began college. Graduating early leaves me with one less bill to pay... tuition.

Graduating from a college or university is a major feat. It is one that any person should be proud of whether it takes four years, ten years or two years. Take pride in that accomplishment and don't take crap from anyone putting you down about the timeline that worked best for you. Jobs open up throughout every part of the year, not just in May. So thank you for being concerned about my future, but my eyes are already out there searching for the perfect opportunity.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.


All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair


"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo


"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender


Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge


You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity


Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions


Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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