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Is Graduating Early Right for You?

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As the 2023-2024 school year ends, some students may consider graduating from high school early. However, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons before making such a decision. While early graduation may seem wise to some, it may not be the best option for everyone. If you’re considering graduating early, it’s recommended that you consult with a counselor to ensure that it aligns with your future career goals. 

Some students opt for early graduation to shorten their time in school, but this may cause boredom and regrets later on. Instead, it’s advisable to utilize the resources available to enhance your college application, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses that offer college credits and are similar to courses that incur additional fees after graduation. One should also consider the effect of early graduation on college acceptance and scholarship opportunities, integration into the college or work environment, and financial considerations. 

When asked about early graduation, Mr. Close suggested “increasing credit requirements” so that only highly motivated students can graduate early. If students had higher requirements, they would need to plan their early graduation at the beginning of high school instead of it being a spontaneous decision. Many people choose to graduate early to avoid staying in school for longer. However, it’s essential to graduate early with a plan, such as traveling or working to save up for college. Mr. Close stated, “We should do a better job of encouraging students to stay the full 4 years.” he encourages students to delay adulthood and emphasizes the importance of taking advantage of the school’s free courses. 

In conclusion, graduating early may seem like a good idea, but it’s only beneficial for those who have a plan and are determined to utilize their extra time. It’s crucial to consult with a counselor and consider the consequences before making such a decision.

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