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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Graduate a little early or enjoy college a little more?

I was recently faced with the decision whether to graduate this summer or to go ahead and graduate in December. I am already graduating a semester early, but when given the chance to graduate even earlier I was stumped.
This semester has really taken a toll on me and has honestly worn me out. I am interning with a company this semester and work 25 hours a week. After working all day, I rush home to receive some kind of break from my hectic schedule with the burden of knowing my day is not done. My day is completed after I attend one of my three night classes that are part of the 15 hours I am taking this semester.
I am very ready for this semester to be over with, maybe even ready enough to graduate in the summer and be done for life. I marinated on the idea of graduating this summer for quite some time and had to weigh the pros and cons. It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make because part of me was saying to do it and the other part of me was saying not to.
After much consideration, I decided to wait until December to graduate because college is in fact a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Why should I cut short the best time of my life?
Next semester you will find me taking advantage of my life as a college student for one last semester.

Meredith Moore


  • Meredith,
    I think you made the right decision. There is such a lure to get out of the four year "holding tank" of college. What's the hurry? Looking back on my college days, I wish I could have enjoyed them more. But I also, was working 25-32 hours a week and taking a full load. My parents had six kids. I was the first to go to college and they could not help me much. If I could do it over again, I would do it with alot less stress and alot more enjoyment. Some of the stress, we put on ourselves unnecessarily.
    Enjoy that last semester. Good luck making it through the next couple of weeks!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • Ms. Moore, it seems to me that the important thing is not when you get out of college, but what you learn while you are there. Some people absorb a lot quickly. Others could be there forever and never catch on.

    Rather than marinating, perhaps you should ask yourself if you have accomplished what you set out to do. If so, there is no reason to stay around. If not, stay until you do.

    The silly woman in the Texas Lege who wants to force all students to go through in four or five years, or pay back their loans has no idea what she is talking about. She is concerned about funding the loan pool. Or, rather, she doesn't want to put any more into the pool.

    If that West Texas Harridan thought at all, I would accuse her of elitism since her plan would put college beyond the reach of the less than affulent.

    By Blogger Tom in Dallas, at 1:40 PM  

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