I'm not graduating on time! Grrr

  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Mar 30, 2010 12:40 PM GMT
    --Sooo, how long did it take most of you guys to graduate from college?
    --I was supposed to be graduating this May but I missed a semester of school two years ago and changed majors twice and was hopin to pull off gradauating this semester (just one semester late)

    --Im kinda bummed as im feeling like that older guy in college that kept fucking up or something because now I gotta be here in the spring of '11 as well...(will have taken 5 years to graduate)

    Am I being stupid for letting this bother me?
  • ja89

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:07 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said--Sooo, how long did it take most of you guys to graduate from college?
    --I was supposed to be graduating this May but I missed a semester of school two years ago and changed majors twice and was hopin to pull off gradauating this semester (just one semester late)

    --Im kinda bummed as im feeling like that older guy in college that kept fucking up or something because now I gotta be here in the spring of '11 as well...(will have taken 5 years to graduate)

    Am I being stupid for letting this bother me?


    5 years is better than what my roommates have left. Theyve added on 2 extra years by putting off classes that they thought were hard, so they cant get to the classes that they want until they take the classes that have pre-requisites. so an extra year is ok. and normal even, at least to me it is.
  • MercuryMax

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:08 PM GMT
    dude, i just started a forum on how i should even start college, so don't feel bad, you're way ahead of me....I dont even know where to begin.

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:12 PM GMT
    I graduated in 3.5 years. College was a breeze! Although by this time I should have my MBA, but I've just been lazy for the last 4 years!

    I wouldn't stress though, at the end you'll have your degree and be set to go!
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:15 PM GMT
    No, the national average is 5 pushing 6 actually with people changing frequently or not taking a minimum of 15 every semester.

    I wouldn't let it bother you. You should still inquire if you can walk in May with your friends but finish up classes after. We do that here at the U of I if someone will finish requirements in the Fall. You can walk, get cheered for, but not get the diploma until the requirements are done.
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said
    --Im kinda bummed as im feeling like that older guy in college that kept fucking up or something


    Pfft- Get over it!
    I'm still not even close to graduating because I don't have a major... or any real interests!
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    I have an extra semester, an extra year is no biggie. I know where you're coming from, but you have to understand everyone has a different pace, and graduating at 22 instead of 21 is perfectly normal if not common. Power to ya.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    Aww I'm sorry to hear that icon_sad.gif I head a study that says less and less people graduate from college in 4 years it usually takes "us" (our generation) 5 to 6 years to graduate. Don't feel bad at least you'll be out soon :-)
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    Mar 30, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    I graduated in five years, but that's because it was a five-year university with several semesters of work co-op. It's not bad, especially if the economy turns around in a year (I'm an optimist, don't jump on me). Plus, I didn't get my diploma for another three months after that because I hadn't paid my tuition bills up. icon_neutral.gif
  • bryjeepguy

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    Mar 30, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    not that big a deal, undergrad I graduated late in 5 years because I did the coop program (internships) but that was typical at my school gatech so I didn't feel odd about it,

    but gradschool I was so tired of school, its was a 36 class requirement that should take a year and a half, 9 hrs (3 classes) per semester + 3hrs free audit that don't count but boost you to full time (12hrs) if you doing a GRA (graduate research assistant ship which makes your work 20hrs a week but pays for school and gives monthly stipend), but thats off topic,

    anyways under the way its structured you should graduate in 4 semesters (which is a year and half maybe 2 if you don't do summer classes and internships instead) it took me 7 semesters (2 1/3 years) because instead of 9 hrs of classes I took like 6hrs (2 classes) and close to the end like 3hrs (1 class), so fucking tired of school during it all but knew if I left school I probably wouldn't head back for my masters anytime soon so might as well suffer and get it now while I could, and I felt bad about being such a slacker and dumb for graduating late but once I was and out of school and busy with work and what not, no one cares, no one remembers its not that important it is just important that you went and did school not important how long it took
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Like others said, it usually takes 5 years. I'm looking at 5 years because I missed a semester. Besides you can get next years HOPE Education credit on taxes again like this year! I'm getting $1,100 back just from that tax credit alone. Can't wait to get it next year too.
  • calibro

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    Mar 30, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    First, it's not about how quickly you finish, but that you do. At UCLA, it's almost impossible to graduate in under five years if you're in a program like engineering. So it's actually very common at a lot of top universities.

    Personally, I graduated in 2 years, but did "independent research" for another 2 to remain on scholarship and avoid the real world. Grad will probably take 2 years if I decide to complete the second year.
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    Mar 30, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    Schools have a definite financial interest in keeping you there for longer than 4 years. Took me 6, but that was two drastic major changes (Biology to Economics to English).
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    Mar 30, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    It took me four years but there were several in my program that were in college for five years for some of the reasons you stated. I started some of my college classes while I was in high school, otherwise it might have taken me five years.

    Don't let it bother you, just enjoy the experience, plus that extra year of school should allow the job market, to hopefully, get stronger.
  • rnch

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said...Am I being stupid for letting this bother me?
    yes. icon_lol.gif

    what with today's dismal job market; what's your hurry to leave the ivory towers and try to enter the Real World? enjoy the unreal fantasy life of college for as long as you can.

    ten years from now how long it took you to go thru college will be of little importance to you, will just be a topic for idle party chatter.

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    Mar 30, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    rnch said
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said...Am I being stupid for letting this bother me?
    yes. icon_lol.gif

    what with today's dismal job market; what's your hurry to leave the ivory towers and try to enter the Real World? enjoy the unreal fantasy life of college for as long as you can.

    ten years from now how long it took you to go thru college will be of little importance to you, will just be a topic for idle party chatter.



    yea youre right...hopefully the job market starts gettin stronger....these posts boosted my confidence a bunch icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 30, 2010 4:01 PM GMT
    PS

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    Mar 30, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    rnch said
    what with today's dismal job market; what's your hurry to leave the ivory towers and try to enter the Real World? enjoy the unreal fantasy life of college for as long as you can.


    Totally agree! You should be more worried about leaving school when the economy is bad. Hopefully, it will turn around by the time you graduate, and you'll land a great job!
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    Mar 30, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    While many BS programs are designed to be completed in 4 years. Statistically speaking many undergraduate students complete their degrees after 5 years of college. Some students change majors, take a semester or two off, travel abroad, pursue minors or take up an internships along the way. So I wouldn't feel bad. I graduated in 2002 from high school went to the University of Miami for two semesters and decided I didn't know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. So I traveled to Israel, Canada, Bahamas, Spain and various other places. In 2008 I started taking classes again.

    In the end its your life and your accomplishments, live it and pursue your dreams the way you want to.

    *Edit Well I didn't read all the previous posts but basically many have said the same thing =D
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 30, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    Don't let it bother you. I got 2 Bachlors degrees in 5 years, but so what? Lots of things come up. There are many 23-25 year olds still in college... and of course in graduate school. Just keep working and make it happen. Don't make an issue of it.
  • RSportsguy

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    Mar 30, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    I agree with most of what everyone else has posted so far! My friend's son is going on his fifth year and he is really beating himself up over it. I told him that he is the only one that is concerned about it. His parents are so proud of what he has accomplished already and they understand the hurdles that he had to go through. Good luck ChilaxinJOCKO!!
  • jrs1

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    Mar 30, 2010 5:19 PM GMT

    finished my majors in 3 years but stayed on for an additional minor.

    essentially done with graduate school now (2 semesters) in a program designed for 4 semesters.

    school just clicks for me for some odd reason ...

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    Mar 30, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    calibro saidAt UCLA, it's almost impossible to graduate in under five years if you're in a program like engineering.


    Yeah, UCLA has tons of older people there... but it is a medical school after all...
    If you're really worried about it you can take evening courses- when all of the young people are out partying. -You should also exam the crowds on campus and you'll see that they tend to age more as the time of changes from day to night.
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    Mar 30, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidAm I being stupid for letting this bother me?

    Perhaps. Only important if you had other timelines for job offers and other deadlines you were supposed to meet by a certain graduation date.

    Otherwise, just an arbitrary goal in your own mind. This is not elementary and high school, where if you don't graduate by a certain age, you bear the stigma of having been "left behind." I just wrote in another post my own experiences while counseling college students. One of the issues was the classic 4-year undergraduate pattern in US colleges.

    Well, I can report that only 60% of US college students get a Bachelors degree in exactly 4 years these days. And I'd counsel my own advisees against being slaves to that 4-year myth. Here's what I'd tell them:

    Many decades ago in the US, an employer would be impressed and hire you if you had any college degree in anything (except of course the technical ones). Then employers started to ask what discipline. Then they asked what your GPA was. Now they want to see a copy of your transcript, showing what courses you took.

    Your goal is an employable Major, with a high GPA. How many semesters and years it took you to get it is not asked. A college degree isn't a race against time; it is about producing results that are impressive and will get you hired.

    I used to advise my students not to overload their schedules, even if it meant taking more than 48 months to get a degree. Get good RESULTS, not a piece of paper in the form of a diploma. Being Magnum cum Oh-My-God-He's-the-Top-Graduate is more important than "Oh, he graduated in exactly 4 years, with all C's."
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    Mar 30, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    Took me five years, Changed my major twice though. Luckily i stayed with health care so all my prerequisites carried over each time. I did somehow end up taking four different anatomies when i only needed two. So that slowed me down.