When deciding whether or not you should use your extra high school credits to enter the adult world sooner, it is imperative to weigh the pros and cons. While everyone is different and works at different speeds, you must do what is best for you whether it's graduating a year early, in four years, or in 5+ years. It isn't a race and you know what is best to for you!
1. Save money!
Graduating early saves a ton of money, as you don’t have to pay college tuition or any of the many expenses that coincide with an education.
2. Have a year to yourself!
When you graduate early, you’ll likely be around 21 years old. You have so much time to take a gap year, explore your interests, or look for a job before your peers.
3. If college life isn’t for you, it’s a way to get out sooner!
Let’s face it, not everyone is having the best four years of their life. Graduating early is a way to move beyond the frat parties and hours in the library quicker than you would have.
4. Start the job hunt sooner.
When you graduate early, you’re young and energetic! You can look for jobs, network, and connect at a young age.
1. Missing out on senior activities.
Graduating early prohibits you from experiencing traditional senior activities alongside your friends.
2. You’re young when you graduate.
Although the difference of one year doesn’t seem like much, the pressure to have a plan or a general idea of what you want to do at such a young age is daunting.
Once you graduate, you have to start paying your loans back sooner. This prohibits you from saving up money another year while in school.
As I said before when deciding your graduation date, it isn't a “one size fits all" deal. Some people will find it better for themselves to graduate early, while others will find they could benefit more from one more time! Either way, do what is best for you!