Corinne Kasten – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Have you ever thought about graduating early? With high school credits being offered sooner in middle school, many students have earned enough credits to graduate a year early and may not even know it.
When people think of graduating early, the first question they ask is, “Why?” Although each person has different reasons, there are some common perks to it.
For example, students can get a head start on careers, start studying things of interest , meet new people, have a fresh start, and avoid the senior “slump.”
LRHS junior/senior Kayla Leffert explained, “I’m graduating early because I have enough credits to graduate. I’ve taken lots of Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual-enrolled classes, so I feel prepared for college level coursework. I won’t have to take any unnecessary extra classes next year to fill a schedule either, and I will now get to experience four years of college instead of only three. I’ve also chosen to give myself a more rigorous and challenging senior year, which colleges may like seeing.”
Past early graduate and present Florida State University (FSU) student Carli Kasten commented, “I’m so happy I graduated early. I’ve had so much fun so far at FSU and although high school was fun, college is more my setting. I’ve already met so many new people and joined so many new clubs. It’s truly exciting.”
Kasten also advises students who have a strong sense of independence, are driven, hardworking, antsy to get moving on life, and ready to meet new people in a new environment, may want to consider graduating early.