The trick to changing your major, studying abroad and still graduating early

The trick to changing your major, studying abroad and still graduating early

When I started at N.C. State, my anticipated graduation date was May 2019. After a series of changes with my major and minor, and even which school I was taking classes at, I am now going to graduate in December 2018. If you heard the number of changes I made to my degree, you would

When I started at N.C. State, my anticipated graduation date was May 2019. After a series of changes with my major and minor, and even which school I was taking classes at, I am now going to graduate in December 2018.

If you heard the number of changes I made to my degree, you would definitely think that I would need to stay behind a year rather than graduate a semester early. I started at the business school to do accounting, but I dabbled in some engineering classes when I wanted to switch to industrial engineering. I finally decided to major in statistics but at that point, I already had enough business and science classes (because of engineering) that I could have filled a minor.

All the while, I decided I wanted to study abroad the fall semester of my sophomore year, which only allowed me to take 4 GEP classes, one of which didn’t count toward my degree.

With all the changes, I was certain I would not make my original graduation date. To combat that, I started taking summer classes – a total of six in the summers of my freshman and sophomore year. Without realizing, these courses helped me stay on track to graduate.

Another thing that helped me graduate early was talking to my adviser about which classes can count for which credits. Since I did so much bouncing around, I took a lot of classes that didn’t really fit in with the typical four-year program for a statistics major at N.C. State. However, there were a lot of classes that were close to other classes that statistics majors need. After some bargaining, I showed my adviser that the courses were similar to one another and that they should be counted as the same. This really helped me get the credits that I needed to finish my degree without falling behind.

My advice to anyone who wants to do a lot in college and still graduate early is to make sure that you ask questions. There is no harm in asking if certain classes will count toward your degree and in the end, it may just help you out.

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