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What to do if graduating early?

ballerina5ballerina5 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited December 2009 in Home Schooling and College
I'm a senior in high school, and currently taking classes in community college as well as online. I skipped two grades, so I'll be 15 when I graduate. Before this year, I went to a professional arts boarding school and was planning to join a dance company after graduation. However, I've realized that I want to do whatever I can to get into one of the top universities but I haven't applied anywhere this year. I'll definitely be applying next year but I'm wondering what to do after graduation- should I continue taking community college classes? How would colleges look at that on your application?
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Replies to: What to do if graduating early?

  • NeuroAppNeuroApp Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Traveling abroad was a great selling point in my applications. Also, anything you can do that is very unique and independent looks good--that's the main benefit of home school, so I would work it! If you're already going to have a bunch of credits there isn't much point accumulating more so that you'll graduate even sooner from college than you already are. Plus, cc costs money, whereas you are more likely to get scholarships in a 4 year (unless your parents will be paying in full). 17 may even be young to go to college; make sure you feel ready.
  • GeekMom63GeekMom63 Registered User Posts: 1,957 Senior Member
    Many schools will look at community college classes taken AFTER high school graduation much differently from classes taken before HS graduation, regardless of your age. If you are not in a "regular" school at all, you may want to reconsider your "grade" and think of yourself as a junior now and apply in your senior year like everyone else - it might make things less complicated.
  • averagetimaveragetim Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Read a book called "Global Student" it will open your eyes to many possibilities
  • HYPhoperHYPhoper Registered User Posts: 409 Member
    If you take college classes you might be counted as a transfer applicant = BAD.

    For the record, I'm a 15 year old senior too :D *high five*
  • hudablossomhudablossom Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    Well, you can take some cc courses for high school credit--that's what I'm doing!
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    I agree with Geekmom. Don't "graduate" this year. One thing you don't want is to end up being considered a transfer applicant. It's more difficult to get admitted as a transfer, for one thing, and also there can be financial aid ramifications depending on the college.

    You could really do any interesting thing and call it "independent study" or "senior project"... I mean, if you have to call it anything at all.

    My homeschooled daughter graduated at 15. She's now a 17 year old sophomore at the state u. honors college, but she did not have any interest in selective privates, so the credits she'd taken at the comm. college prior to graduating all transferred directly and that worked out well for her.

    You need to think through a reasonable list of colleges to which you might want to apply, including good reach, match, and safety schools. Then research their admissions pages online (and financial aid pages, too, if that is a concern), and plan accordingly.
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