I'll be going into my senior year here, and due to poor class/requirements planning, I'll have to take three classes after senior year ends (I know...).
I have two options:
1) take three classes during the summer (I'll get it over with, and still can walk April graduation - I'll just get my diploma in August)
2) take an extra semester
Financially, the tuition difference is about $2,500. I can always apply for scholarships to cover this gap and I'll be paying for the remainder for both options by myself anyways.
I know most people would probably take summer in a heartbeat. But I've enjoyed college so much that I really don't mind the extra semester. They're both 4 months, so it's just a matter of when I'm completing the classes and when I graduate. Plus, being here during fall would allow me to take 4+ classes, so I could dabble in something that's not too academically crazy and a class that I've always wanted to take. Doing well in four classes could potentially all help with the gpa, which would definitely help with grad school later on (but that's a pretty insignificant detail, b/c it would work in the other option too...). I'll also be able to take a summer internship, while being able to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities here during the fall and would have a break after a hectic/crazy senior year (as opposed to going into another 4 month summer taking classes).
However, by doing summer, I could just get it over with and move on with post-grad life. I realize I'm not going to be a student forever, and that moving on is definitely necessary. I'm also concerned about job recruiting, which I know mostly happens in winter semester. I'm interning this summer, but may not get a full time offer. I don't want to get job offers starting the fall after I'm supposed to graduate, only to have to turn them down because I'm going to be taking classes. I know I can just job hunt after I graduate in December, but I feel like it would be much harder, because I'll be out of school and (at least to my knowledge) won't be able to use career services/go to recruiting events in winter right?
Basically, in summary: I'm not too worried financially. It's just a matter of job/career and other opportunities that I may potentially lose by staying in school an extra semester. But I don't know...
Thanks so much for reading this! If anyone could offer me thoughts/advice, I would appreciate it : )