What to Do if You Can’t Graduate on Time | Scoop Sorority

While graduating college within four years seems like a breeze or a walk in the park, many students miss out on that luxury. There are many reasons why students can’t graduate on time. From academic challenges to financial strife, many factors can put their college careers at stake.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 41% of students earn their degree in four years, while 59% earn their degree in over six years. 

Of course, it may suck to see your close friends move on from college, while you have to take an extra semester or two to reach your goals. This shouldn’t discourage you, especially during these unorthodox times. In fact, it should motivate you to keep going forward.

If you’re truly determined to get your college degree, here are things you can do if you can’t graduate on time.

Enroll in Summer Courses

Taking summer classes in high school may seem like a punishment, but taking summer classes in college can be the best option for you.

Instead of waiting for another school to retake a course you failed or withdrew from, retake it during the summer and fulfill the credits you’ll need to graduate. 

There are, however, many drawbacks to taking summer courses. Unlike your typical fall and spring semesters, summer classes don’t usually provide much financial aid.

If you’re experiencing financial issues, you might consider enrolling in summer classes part-time to be eligible for financial aid. If you’re taking just one class, you may have to pay out of pocket depending on your school’s tuition.

Talk With Your Academic Advisor

Communicating with your academic advisor is extremely important for any circumstance. Your advisor can likely help you find resources to help you academically as a student. They could also possibly direct you to resources for financial aid or other problems you may face as a student. 

Talk To Your Family for Support

Talking about graduation issues with your family may seem like a big scare. You may think they’re disappointed in you for not graduating on time, but college isn’t easy! 

Talk to your family or your parents, especially if they have been supporting you financially during your four years as a full-time studentThey can might be able to guide you and provide support when necessary. They’ll definitely do anything to see you walk down that stage with a diploma in your hands.

Avoid Unnecessary Classes

Enrolling in classes in college is like picking from a candy shop. There are so many classes to choose from, whether they are required classes or electives. The risk of choosing classes is that you may be taking courses that overwhelm you, and your schedule.

Taking too many classes a semester can be the culprit of your graduation delay. Consider making plan, or working with your academic advisor when enrolling in classes.

Don’t Mope!

While it may feel depressing that you aren’t graduating on time, you should know that you aren’t alone. Many students face the same situation, but it shouldn’t discourage you.

Instead of moping, find your next step!  This is your adulthood and you have to find ways to bounce back from an obstacle!

Take a Break if Needed

A student should never feel terrible for needing a break from classes. In fact, many students may not graduate at all because they aren’t emotionally or mentally prepared for college.

The most important thing for students to do, especially during this time, is take care of themselves. A workload of classes, part-time jobs, internships, and even your social life can take a toll on your mental health.

If you’re struggling mentally, take a semester off and return to achieve your degree!

What is your advice for those who won’t graduate “on time?” Drop a comment below and let us know!

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