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      01-10-2012, 08:55 AM   #23
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No, because no.

Joining a fraternity at Penn State was the best decision I made in 4 years, along with changing major. I attribute my career success so far to the social and organizational skills I learned from living in a frat.
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      01-10-2012, 10:39 AM   #24
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I didn't read through other post, but you should be networking and taking on internships from day one of college... If getting out of college early was an option for me; I would have since I don't have a problem making money and my school is extremely boring. So stay in if you have nothing prepared...
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      01-10-2012, 11:00 AM   #25
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... Graduate as early as possible. Anyone who says otherwise either doesn't pay for college or doesn't understand how much money $22,000.00 is. Not to mention, the job market will not be any better a year later. It is what it is for now. The extra year will give you a jump start on your job hunt and instead of being in school you can intern while you apply for jobs.
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      01-26-2012, 05:34 PM   #26
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Just remembered that I made this thread- thank you for the advice everyone!
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... Graduate as early as possible. Anyone who says otherwise either doesn't pay for college or doesn't understand how much money $22,000.00 is. Not to mention, the job market will not be any better a year later. It is what it is for now. The extra year will give you a jump start on your job hunt and instead of being in school you can intern while you apply for jobs.
+1, you are the only one that used his head in most of this thread...
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      01-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #28
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Also, if you're going to an awesome school (PSU) you won't even want to leave after 4 years. Or if you're doing a worthwhile major (CS/Engineering/IT/sciences), it's a 4 year curriculum that you would have to be a genius to graduate early.
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      01-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #29
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everyone paying a student loan knows the answer to this...get the hell outta there!
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      01-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #30
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unless you are doing co-op while studying, the sooner you are out the better.

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Well this is quite a random place to post this question, but I think there are a lot of members here who could chime in with some really good advice.

So as of now I'm a freshman majoring in business up at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I love it here, but I'm thinking of whether or not I should graduate a year early, due to my amount of AP credits I took in high school. An older sibling is advising me against it saying that the job market is still basically terrible right now, but I honestly don't know which path to choose. I've always been the kind of person who likes to get ahead and start things early, which is why I originally wanted to graduate sooner but I don't want to do so if there's no actual benefit in the end.

If I try to graduate early I will admit I'll have a full schedule (4-5 classes/quarter) but the fact I'd be saving so much money is a big deciding factor. Yet, if I do stay the whole time I would potentially minor in either photography (just because I love it) or Industrial Technology (because it would actually be useful). So what would you guys recommend?

Pros:
-more time to build relationships, get internships, network, and make connections
-I can take less classes (3) per quarter and potentially get better grades
-More free time for extracurriculars and part time jobs.
-Have time to do a minor (although this bumps my schedule to 4 classes/quarter)

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-another year of expenses/tuition/etc, ~$22,000 almost (this is a big factor for me)
-missing out on a head start on job hunting

P.S. Any thoughts on joining a co-ed business fraternity vs a regular social one?
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