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Graduating A Year Early - August 18th 2015, 03:58 AM

Hi, I have a huge decision to make and I need some help. I'm debating the pros and cons of graduating high school right after my junior year. I'm planning on becoming a surgeon, which would mean another ten years of school after graduating high school. I'm considering graduating early to get a jump start in college and in medical school. Putting money, support of family and friends, and missing out on senior year, I'd like some genuine input on graduating early. I also want to know how you think colleges that I'm applying to would react. Do you think it would be positive that I'm working so hard to achieve an early graduation or negative that I'd be younger? Thank you for all the consideration, this is a major life changing decision and I need all the help I can get.
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Re: Graduating A Year Early - August 18th 2015, 04:41 AM

If you haven't already, I would strongly suggest talking to your guidance counselor about all of your options. From what I can find reception by 4-year colleges is mixed. They look favorably on the fact that you managed to do the extra work, but might think you're a little young. If you did this, you'd want to do really well in everything. Your age won't matter as much as your maturity, you'll have to decide if you feel ready for college and how you'll do socially with people at least a year older than you.

You might also want to consider post-secondary option which most schools have. It allows juniors and seniors to take college courses at a community college for free while finishing high school. You'd still get a jump on college and save in tuition without rushing to graduate early and it would allow you to ease into the college experience before being thrown into it full-force. I didn't graduate early or choose to do this because I knew personally it would be too much for me, but if you're considering med school, I think you can handle it.

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