Graduate early?

<p>After the end of this year (my junior year), I'll only have six credits left to fill. If I take two classes during the summer, I'll have five left. I also have the opportunity to get another half credit done during the summer through a mentorship program. </p>

<p>So basically, I'll start off my senior year only needing four and a half credits left. If I take a full schedule and get credit for a sport I end up doing, I can probably end up graduating 1st quarter of my senior year. I'm excited that I'll be able to do this, but should I? I'll also have to stick around 2nd quarter because I'm scheduled to teach a class during that time. </p>

<p>My original plan was to graduate at semester, but that still means graduating early. Should I miss out on half of my senior year? Should I leave early, get all my things in order and start working more and possibly travel a bit? I'm also wondering how colleges view students who decide to graduate early?</p>

<p>If I don't decide to graduate at quarter, I'm able to spread my schedule through out the semester, have a couple free periods and be able to do things at my own pace. Though I've heard that some colleges look down at not having a full schedule during senior year... </p>

<p>Bah, I don't know what to do.</p>

<p>Why? Second semester of senior year is the best part of high school. It's like getting parole after 13 years of forced education.</p>

<p>But why would I want to stick around school if I have nothing to do? It seems like a waste of time.</p>

<p>Think about this:</p>

<p>Most students who enroll at Bard College at Simon's Rock haven't even finished high school. Instead, they leave high school after the 10th or 11th grade and start their undergraduate work at 16 or 17 years old. </p>

<p>Many of them tell us that they found themselves in situations similar to yours and see a greater benefit in starting college rather than staying in high school. These are students who want to be challenged by their education and who enjoy learning for learning's sake.</p>

<p>I applaud your weighing your options and considering other paths. Contact the Office of Admission if you want more information about Simon's Rock (Admission</a> — Bard College at Simon's Rock - The Early College).</p>