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Slow and steady doesn’t always win the race

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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 22:04

I read an article last week about how the Pell Grant is changing its eligibility rules and, with those changes, it will begin to narrow some of the default college funding options for low- income students. I know quite a few fellow students who have had to take a semester or two off because of funding and their lack of eligibility for certain grants and scholarships.

In the past I didn’t think this way, but now I see that going part-time or going full-time and screwing up three out of the four classes is not such a good idea. Yes I understand that many students have some non-negotiable things on their plate, such as children and working full-time as well.

I’m mostly addressing the students who are here and have nothing else to do but work part-time and surf Facebook. With the funding options dwindling, by the time you look up from goofing off in these “classes you can take over” there may come a time when “Intro to something “ may stop you from getting your degree.

When you had the time, the money and no non-negotiable distractions, you could’ve earned your bachelor’s degree.

I’m not saying that goofing up is everyone’s reason for losing funding or not completing their degree requirements, but it is what I’ve seen over the years ever since I was a freshman.

I’ve even heard a student say that they were only coming to school to get the money, which is horrible. There are people who honestly need the funding and you’re just using up money that could go towards someone else’s education.

When registering for classes this coming fall, if you can handle it or have never given it a try, I suggest trying to take on five classes rather than your usual part-time status or having only four classes each semester.

That may just give you the boost you need to finish your degree requirements a tad faster. Plus, you never know what the future holds, so you should take more classes while the money is available. At least if it comes to that point, you won’t have that much to finish if you had to start paying out of pocket for it.

After speaking to my advisor earlier this week, I found out that by taking five classes instead of four, I’ve shaved an entire year off my graduation date. So God willing, I will be walking across that stage May of 2013 just by giving a little more effort and taking that fifth class.            

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