Aug 29, 2014
SHOW NOTES: In the COURTNEY! I AM CURIOUS series you ask and I answer! I hope that my journey through life helps you more fully explore what is probable in your life! This episode is, “How Did You Graduate From College with your Bachelors degree at 20 Years Old?”
I graduated from high school when I was 17 years old. I graduated from college with my bachelor’s degree three years after I finished high school. I was 20 years old.
1) How did I do it (graduate from college with my bachelor’s degree in three years)?
I completed all of the requirements for the degree by that time. I completed 124 credit hours and 120 were required for graduation. Thus, I graduated because I finished the degree program requirements. From RADIO SHOW/AUDIO PODCAST: Solutions…with Courtney Anderson! (SwCA) Episode 082 - Originally aired 4/16/2014 9:00 AM - HELP! SITUATION SPOTLIGHT series - “How do I pick 'the right' college for my first degree?", “in general (from a US perspective), degrees are awarded based on completed credit hours. One credit hour is based on one class hour per week throughout the duration of a semester. So, a class that meets for three hours per week for an entire term will be worth three credit hours upon successful completion. An associate degree is roughly 60 credit hours. A bachelors degree is 120 credit hours. Thus, to earn a bachelors degree would take 40 different three credit classes (which is why it takes several years to graduate).”
2) How did you complete all of the degree requirements in three years?
By planning ahead and setting a goal to do so! The most candid response I can give is that from my earliest memory my goal was to move as quickly as possible through undergraduate school. I knew that I was going to be earning (most likely several) graduate degrees. So, the longest (in terms of credit hours) prerequisite degree was the undergraduate degree. In my mind, as a teenager, undergraduate school was simply a time-consuming requirement for me to enter my next graduate program (initially I was planning to go to medical school and then I switched to law school).
My transcript shows:
55 credit hours transferred:
- 9 AP credit hours from high school,
- 13 hours of credit completed on campus during by freshman year fall semester at Texas A&M University College Station,
- 16 hours of credit completed on campus during by freshman year spring semester at Texas A&M University College Station,
- 14 hours of credit from summer school at Central Texas Community College after my freshman year of college,
- 3 hours of credit from summer school at Austin Community College after my freshman year of college
69 credit hours at University of Texas at Austin:
- Year 2 - Fall semester 14 credit hours, spring semester 15 credit hours,
- Year 3 - Fall semester 16 credit hours, spring 15 credit hours, summer 9 credit hours
= 124 credit hours
* I left off the classes I withdrew from and dropped. As I note below, my original plan was to finish in 2 and 1/2 years but it took me actually three years (with summers)
3) How did you know about undergraduate school (requirements, prerequisite for graduate school, etc.) to understand what your options were?
As we talk about in all of our programs, having a goal, creating a strategy and executing the plan are the keys to accomplishment in life. School is one of the easier tasks as [...]
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