Hey, I'm a rising senior for the class of 2022 and I have the option to graduate early in December. During the spring semester, I was planning on working full time to save up money for college, but I wasn't sure if it would hinder my admissions and scholarship chances for colleges. So, do you all think it would be a good idea to graduate in December and work during the spring, or should I just find some classes to take at dual enrollment and wait to graduate in May? Thank You :)
It comes down a bit to whether you think your profile is strong enough to compete with other applicants. Think about if you've accomplished everything you've wanted to and if your academic rigor is where you want it to be. Have you taken/will you take enough AP or DE classes to show you push yourself? Have you done enough for your ECs? If yes, then you shouldn't worry about graduating early.
It is also important to make sure you make the most of the time when you graduate early. It's important to show schools you have a plan in place for what you will be doing when you're out. Working to save up for school is a good idea but you need to have a back-up plan in case you can't find work. This is especially true if you won't be going to college right away (so the fall after you graduate) because colleges want to make sure you aren't just wasting your time and are trying to actively improve yourself/your community/ etc.
It should not hinder your chances. As long as you have enough credits, then you can graduate early and work full-time. You can perhaps add it to your extracurriculars!
However, do not rush on your school work and lower your grade for the class. Keep your GPA as high as possible. Let me know if you have any other questions
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