Already have a job and can graduate early. Do I do it?

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I already have a job lined up for after college and will be done with all my credits in December. My teachers say not to do it and to enjoy my senior year but I feel like that is a waste of money. If you had one semester to do anything, what would it be? Travel? Study for CFA? Stay in school and take pointless classes but enjoy the friendships?

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Sep 10, 2019

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Sep 10, 2019
AMInPhase1:

Rule #1. Don't EVER listen to what your teachers say, their only incentive in telling you to stay in school is so they can make some more money off of you before you graduate.

lol what?!

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Sep 10, 2019

Your professors didn't work on commission?

Sep 10, 2019

Complete waste of money to not graduate early if you are not starting your job early. Finish early and do all the things you would do with a 1-2 class workload, party, travel, and just hang out. Hell if you even wanted to better yourself in some way like study for the CFA do that. Just makes no sense for you to stay in school and pay for it to do these things.

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Sep 10, 2019

I graduated early and stayed put on campus just enjoying my last 6 months with friends. Way too much drinking and partying - it's fun but it gets old. I would STRONGLY STRONGLY suggest traveling the world now (read my other threads) for at least half your time before you start, and you can enjoy the rest bumming around the college town with your friends.

If cost is an issue, can stay in hostels etc. to keep them down. There's not really anything that should be preventing you.

I haven't posted in months but I really want to make this point. Best of luck.

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Sep 10, 2019

Great advice. Thank you so much!

Sep 11, 2019

Agree. I graduated early to start working early. That was a mistake.

If OP has the cash, traveling for at least a month, if not a couple, is definitely the move. Can also study for GMAT/CFA, get in a good workout routine, etc.

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Sep 10, 2019

What are you rushing for? You're likely going to be working yourself to the bone for the next many years, so why not take some time off (it's only 6mo) while you still can to do and see things you haven't yet? Doubt those six months of salary will make the difference...

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Sep 10, 2019

Depends largely on your goals... If you're trying to be successful as fast as possible, IMO, never slow down arbitrarily and certainly do not listen to your teachers. You should not take advice from normal people with terrible personal balance sheets in most cases.

Sep 10, 2019

Graduate early and be young in age/rank compared to your peers. That BALLER 26 yr old VP or 21 year old PE associate. Your teachers most likely have lived their entire lives from undergrad till now in the confines of an academic wall and lack real-world experience. Spread your wings and FLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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Sep 11, 2019

I'd finish in December and walk with your friends at graduation in June. In the interim, keep your apartment at school (assuming you're off campus) and just enjoy college life without the school bit. It's an awesome time to pick up hobbies, get in better shape, study for gmat, whatever. And the timing works great to do off-season travel, visit friends at other colleges, etc. etc.

Sep 11, 2019
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