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Is there a point in going to college a year early?

I am currently a high school junior and have the opportunity to attend a college part-time my high school senior year. I am debating whether I should accept or not. It would cost the same for the college classes as if they were dual-credit ($65 per credit). This is a great deal, but am I pushing myself too hard? Am I jumping the gun? Thanks for your help and reading this!!! #college #high-school

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Allison’s Answer

Brett, I don't think you are jumping the gun at all! You have a great opportunity to gain college experience while still in high school. However, I just want to note this may not be right for everyone and it depends on your situation. Consider your other outside obligations e.g. if you still plan to take classes at your high school as well, sports, family. The main benefit is that earning college credit now will decrease your workload later and may even allow you to double-major in college, study abroad, pursue an internship or two, or take just-for-fun electives. You could even choose to take a gap year after high school-- especially since you will have already gained college credit. I highly recommend jump-starting your college career if it is feasible for your personal schedule. Best of luck!

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Steve’s Answer

I don't think it is jumping the gun. Getting some exposure to college course work will not only accelerate your graduation but start preparing you for what you will need to do once fully enrolled in college. You also want to consider how much time you have and what else you have going on in life. You don't want to push yourself into it if it is going to overwhelm you.
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