For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from Rutgers University back in May 2016. And the other day, I met someone who is currently a student at Rutgers. After telling her that I recently graduated, she told me that she still had a year and a half until she graduated. And she sounded like she might have been mildly frustrated by this.
Now, I don’t know anything else about this young woman’s college experience. But this conversation got me thinking about something that I’ve heard people talk about before. And that is, “how important is it really to graduate from college after four years?”.
The short answer is that it’s not necessarily as important as you might think. Although, it could be important depending on your individual circumstances – factors like time and money.
But for now, let’s focus on the situations when it’s understandable. There could be several valid reasons why someone might not be able to finish college in four years. For me, there were a few factors.
What’s your starting point?
What’s your financial situation?
Do your credits count?
How are your grades?
This kind of stuff happens to a lot of people. And as long as you can afford to do it, it’s not something worth feeling too badly about. It’s not that big a deal. A college degree is absolutely essential in today’s competitive job market. And if you have no choice but to take an extra semester or two to get it, then there’s nothing really wrong with that. In the long run, it very likely won’t matter.