In my 11th grade year of high school I began a program that put me on track to earn an associates degree(2 yrs of uni, ~60 credits) by the time of graduation. I am nearing the end of the program now and it is almost time to graduate from high school. Now that I am aware of the intricacies of breaking into Wall St., the program now seems like more of a hindrance, as opposed to a head start on life.
Entering college with an associates degree will restrict me to only one oppertunity to obtain any internship (first summer break).
To add, I don't think that I'll be able to get into any targets (applied to nyu, duke, vandy, uva, rich, boston col, unc, st louis, wesleyan -- these are all reaches for me). And because of this, I need a very high university GPA. So assuming they transfer the grades along with the credits, I will be starting out with a 3.5 GPA. With 60 credits, it would be difficult for me to raise that GPA by much at all over a one year span. Granted, I will have a pretty good GPA excuse I suppose.
I can evade getting the associates degree by simply not taking the one extra summer class I need; but I have already accumulated upwards of 50 credits. Maybe I can neglect to report the courses for credit transfer?
It sucks that all the hard work I put into being a full time college and HS student simultaneously may go to waste, but I'm willing to do what it takes.