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October 17, 2012

Graduating Early

by Zarriah Harris

Graduating mid-year can be a great experience for juniors and seniors in high school. Graduating early can be an advantage if you do things the right way, and can be a disadvantage if you don’t. Students that get out of high school and go straight to college are not only bound to be successful, they also have a head start.

“I have all my credits [that are required], and I’m just ready to get it over with,” said Jade Benton, a senior at Centennial High School. She is graduating mid-year of her senior year. Benton plans to attend Parkland Community College for all of the Spring and Summer terms, then she wants to transfer to a major university. Jade is dedicated to working and attending college while her time here.

In my opinion, early graduation goes both ways. If you have the ability, requirements, and strength to graduate early, go ahead and do it. At the same time, some students don’t think early graduation is a good idea because they feel they’ll miss out on the fun times in high school. As someone who is graduating early, I feel that I’m ready for college and I can do it. Personally, I’ve had my fun times throughout my four years, but I’m ready to get it over with too. In Spring of 2013 I plan to attend Benedictine University in Springfield, IL. December 20th, other Centennial students and I will officially be done with high school. We will still be able to cherish our last days, which includes prom and walking the stage with our class. If you’re considering graduating mid-year, be sure to check with your counselor for the guidelines and schedule changes. Make your last days your BEST DAYS!

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