Seeing everyone graduating from college around this time can cause some of you to get an eerie feeling, especially if the graduates are people you started your college journey with or even some who started after you. I’m here to let you know it’s okay. Everyone’s journey is different.
I graduated in four and a half years. I always joke with my father that it took him 10 years to graduate from undergrad. I have friends that graduated in fours years, and I know people who graduated in 3.5; but you know what we all have in common? We graduated!
According to the New York Times, “only 19 percent of full-time students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.” This means that it takes five to six years for the majority of full-time university students to graduate. We are all in our own race and we are running it at our own pace. Don’t rush or be discouraged because you see others finishing faster than you.
But with this being said, you should be aware that some forms of financial aid only last for five years for undergrad. So if it will take you longer than five years to graduate, you need to look into other ways to pay for school. Go ahead and celebrate with everyone graduating. You don’t know what they had to do to get to their finish line. Have faith in yourself and your journey and believe that your time is coming when it’s supposed to.
By Jordan Danae, Northern Illinois Alumna
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