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Graduate Early or Get More Undergrad Experience

LittleDoePeepLittleDoePeep Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am a sophomore in college and am on track to graduate with a degree in three years. That means I would be applying to vet school this summer. I am in a pre-acceptance program so I don't have to worry about getting in but I am worried about the course load I will need to hold next year to make sure I can graduate in three years and still keep my GPA up. Recently I have been on the fence about doing three or four years. I think that I could keep my GPA if I worked really hard but I am now thinking about staying for the normal four years. Would the tradeoff of going four years and spreading out my harder classes be worth going the extra year or should I just push through with three? If I ended up staying for a fourth year I also would be taking more classes that would help better prepare me for the classes I will be taking in vet school that I wouldn't have time for if I just did three years.

Replies to: Graduate Early or Get More Undergrad Experience

  • momocarlymomocarly Registered User Posts: 681 Member
    My son is a sophomore in an early accept program also. He is lucky that he doesn't have to finish his undergrad degree, just the prerequisites in three years. His next year he only has two prerequisites (biochemistry and english - taking that one in the summer) and some electives which will be the additional classes that will help him in vet school (anatomy, reproduction, and nutrition) so for him it makes sense. He has the option to go four years but to him that makes no sense.

    If he had to take too many classes I would have told him to go the fourth year and get the classes that will help him. Going into vet school already stressed is a killer! If you can take a semester abroad for your last semester that would be great! See if your school has anything coming up for that.

    The other factor is can you afford it without debt? That is pretty huge. If your parents are paying make sure they are in for the extra year of expenses. If not could you take some classes in the summer to even things out?

    So the answer is look at your individual situation and decide. They both have pros and cons. How close are you to the early accept GPA limit? If you have room to get a C or a couple of Bs it might change things. Do some calculations and see. Talk with your parents about finances. Good luck!
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