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satscholarsatscholar Registered User Posts: 481 Member
edited September 2009 in Florida State University
Hey everyone,

Does anyone know someone who is going to be finishing undergrad in 3 years or less? I just want to know what they did right after graduation.

If not, its fine.

Thanks,
sats
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  • cybermomcybermom Registered User Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    My son graduated in 3 years last May. He started applying for jobs in his field (which is very difficult right now), ended up volunteering to gain some recent relevant experience and references. Hopefully he should be starting his paid career position next week.

    Many people are delaying graduation to either do a double major or continue graduate work to try to wait out the difficult job market. A really good option is to look for an internship. You have to be a current student in most cases with a high GPA. When you graduate right now it is very hard to find a job without recent experience since you are competing with laid off highly experienced workers for lower paid jobs then you might have gotten a few years ago.
  • satscholarsatscholar Registered User Posts: 481 Member
    Well i'm a pre-med student so things might be different for me, but thanks for the info cybermom. Did your son take summer classes all 3 summers or something different? How many credits did he graduate with, if you dont mind me asking.

    Thanks!
  • cybermomcybermom Registered User Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    Yes he attended summer classes for 2 summers and graduated with 121 credits. He left 2 semesters of Bright Futures 100% and University Scholarship on the table.

    We did find out that you can use the extra Florida Prepaid credits towards graduate school at some state universities so he is holding onto them in case he decides to go for a graduate degree later. If you get a refund, it is at the original price paid but if you use them towards tuition they are worth a lot more money.
  • larryw09larryw09 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    we have a program called "Degree in Three" which targets students who come in with fifteen credits or more and want to earn their degree in three years, so it's possible. They invited me to go to an info session so I'll be able to say more about it after I go.
  • satscholarsatscholar Registered User Posts: 481 Member
    Yeah ive heard about it but really didnt go through with it, please let us know more info :)
  • mannymix03mannymix03 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    the degree in 3 program is great if you really want to get out there and get right into the job market, I'm personally probably going to graduate in 5 years and take full advantage of my scholarships etc. I'm enjoying college and I'm taking as many classes as possible, I may double major in Business and Hospitality Management with a minor in Psychology to hopefully get into something in the business world, maybe run my own restaurant, the psychology is a fallback (to hopefully make a case for human resource management) but also because I love it. Hopefully have some summer internships as well. I know a lot of people doing the accelerating nursing program and they love it, its a difficult very fast paced program but they say its well worth it, most the people I know in degree in 3 are very mature and ready to get into the professional workplace. Its a great program, its just not for me i guess :D
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    If you are pre-med (and have already successfully addressed the MCAT) I suggest working in a medically-related area or even consider EMT training to gain as much relevant experience as you can. Cultivate maturity, poise and expertise that will help prepare you for the admission interviews.

    Also - take a little break from school if you can - you'll need the time off before med school.

    Good luck!
  • satscholarsatscholar Registered User Posts: 481 Member
    Well im a junior with the amount of credits i have but im a sophomore so, when would you advise i take the MCAT and im guessing i should start studying now.
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    I suggest a properly credentialed MCAT prep course in your junior/senior year. Remember, the MCAT is not the SAT/ACT. You get one, maybe two cracks at it before it starts to look like you may need a different goal.

    Also - many med schools admit older, mature students over matriculating undergraduates. They want to build good doctors and applicants need maturity and good judgment, plus a professional-level commitment to the work.
  • Henry02Henry02 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I say relex, enjoy your time at the University; you're going to be working the rest of your life, why not enjoy the beginning of learning?
  • satscholarsatscholar Registered User Posts: 481 Member
    Oh i would say i am pretty mature for an 18 year old and i feel that college isn't just for relaxing and working AFTER you complete it.
  • Henry02Henry02 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Percisely. It's an institution of knowledge; something to take advantage of for as long as you can (in a sensible matter, of course). Mind you, I'm not directly speaking to you, but in general terms. If someone can graduate in three years then they certainly are the ambitious of the ambitious.
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