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How can I finish college quicker since I know what I want to do in the future


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Nicole’s Answer

Take extra classes, but only enough that you can handle. Graduating a semester early with worse grades is only going to hurt you in the long run. If you are still in high school, you can try to take AP classes or other classes where you can start earning college credits early.

Do you need to go to college to do what you want to do?
Also, try not to think of college as just something to move quickly through. Take classes that are interesting - learn from the experience. If even if classes aren't directly tied to what your career goals are, having a multi-disciplinary approach makes you a broader thinker. Typically, you will be better at your job if you have more experience from other industries, etc.

It may not feel like it now, but life is long and my advice is to not rush through the stages. If you're going to be in college, enjoy and get the most out of college for what it is. If you want to start working early, then see if you can internship for credit or volunteer or work part-time.

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Barbara’s Answer

Hi Darrell,
My thoughts on finishing college quicker are the following:
1. Define what you are interested in so that if you are not finished with high school you can take AP courses that will let you place out of college courses and you might be done faster. Also remember, different colleges give different credit for AP scores. Some give you credit, but others only let you place out of beginner classes and you still need to take a full number of credits at the college
2. When planning your college courses, what courses for your major are best suited to take at your college? Are there electives you could take in the summer at your local community college that you could get credit for?
3. Does the college you are interested in offer a short winter term (usually 4 weeks) that you could take a course or two while others take a longer winter holiday.

Best of luck!

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Alison’s Answer

Hello!

I have worked in enrollment and admissions for colleges and TK-12th. My experience would be to take advantage of AP classes offered, if any, by your high school. Also, look into concurrent or dual enrollment with the local community College. Focus on taking general education classes, or classes that will be needed for your chosen field.

Look into the colleges your interested in, and see what classes they will require. Each university and program usually have their own set of requirements. Make sure to try to get as many classes transferable as well.

In addition, look to get first hand experience in your potential career of interest. Look for volunteer, intern, and in depth research in the field. Look into forecasting and long term for the field as well.

Look into trying to speak with someone in the field. Have questions prepared in advance to respect their time.

Hope this helps, and best of luck!

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Darell, not sure if you're in HS or College, so I'll do my best in both.

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See if you can take dual enrollment classes at your local college. Those classes will more than likely be accepted by your university more easily than AP classes. Sometimes schools will not accept an AP class for credit without a high score on the test (4-5.

College
In college, try to find ways to test out of prerequisite classes if your AP or dual enrollment classes didn't cover you. Make sure to do the research into your majors prerequisite and degree needs to finish. Some majors will not get you to the hours needed to get a BA or a BS and you will need to take a minor. This can catch people off-guard. Know so you can plan for it and build your schedule to maximize your efficiency.

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Michael’s Answer

If you prefer in class experiences, then there are some additional things you can do if the college has the program.

Some colleges have a "J term". This is a full semester of work packed into the winter break between Dec and the end of January. Summer classes are also an option.


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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Darrell,
Great question! Depending on if you're in high school or college there are different paths you can take to finish up college early. If you are in high school I recommend taking dual enrollment and/or AP courses. These courses can be used towards college credits at accepting universities. The courses usually go towards general education credits, however every university is different. Further, if you are currently in or about to start college, I recommend taking classes during the winter and summer terms. They are typically taught online and can really help you finish up a semester or even a year early.

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Pro’s Answer

Online college is quicker because you don't have to sit through in-person classes

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Brandon’s Answer

Try to take the maximum amount of classes that you are able to take at a time assuming that you are in college. However, college is an experience, don't try to rush it. Sometimes when you are in the middle of doing classes that you see a potential change in career or a new opportunity that you might miss. Taking your time and accomplishing all that you want to achieve is sometimes the best answer.

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Marie’s Answer

If you are already in college you may be able to test out of classes for credits. Talk to your school to see what is available. I took CLEP test for 24 of my credits.

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