One Way To Graduate From College On Time

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In a recent post about the 10 True Things Every College Freshman Should Know, I talked about the importance of getting everything about your college classes in writing. 

Some universities and colleges may change the number of classes you need to get your degree.  So as soon as possible, meet with an academic advisor to make out a plan for the classes you need to graduate. 

The reason is over time people can change, and new classes can be developed. So it’s nice to have something in writing that shows what you’re supposed to take so you can complete your degree and graduate.

Now I’m not saying all universities will do this, but some of them will try to get as much money as they can out of you. Here is my experience with a certain University.

My Story 

The university I went to shall remain nameless because I don’t want to cast them in a bad light. Now the good news is their Administration has changed, so I assume things have changed for the better.  

Now when I became a junior, I started hearing more and more about this problem that upperclassmen were having with classes being added to the list of courses needed to graduate. 

After hearing this, I wanted to find out how to avoid this; because I didn’t want to be another statistic. I don’t remember how it happened, but I got in touch with my academic advisor and we decided to meet.

Now I hadn’t seen this man (I’ll call K) for like a year and a half, maybe two years. He was a professor at the university and was pretty laid back.  

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Together, we mapped out the classes I needed to graduate. While doing this, we found some extra credits so I was able to take some free elective classes.

I signed the agreement and stuck to the map of classes. Yeah, I started to think the system was trying to get me.

Now get this. At one point, I only had two classes left. One was a statistics class and the other was a Cooperative Education (Co-op) program. Neither one was being offered in the spring so to fill that semester, I took some elective courses.  

When the summer school classes and fall semester classes came out toward the end of Spring semester, I found that the statistics class was being offered for the summer and the Co-op program was offered in the fall. So I went on and signed up for both.

Yes, I was in school for the whole last year of University, with no breaks. I ended up graduating at the end of the fall semester, in December. 

What I learned

Sometimes, contracts are needed.  If you are going into any agreement with someone or something else, make sure you understand what is going on. 

Spelling it out in writing is a good way.  It can be done on paper, through email, or by text. Anything that will spell out the agreement.

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The takeaway

Folks can say whatever they like, but for me, I like to be sure of what I’m getting or going into. So having something in writing is a good idea. That way, terms are spelled out and there isn’t any confusion. 

Just saying!

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