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QUESTION: I'm thinking of delaying graduation to take more courses (for fun; I already got all requirements for my degree). I really had a lot of fun for the past few years and don't want it to end.
So my question is, If I do so, will people later look down at me for spending more than 5 years in undergrad? Also my dad is unhappy about it and is pressuring me to graduate right now. Would you do this if you are in the same situation?

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  1. i know a guy who is startin on his 7th year

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  2. Are you paying your own way? If so, do whatever you want. If your dad is paying, do what he says

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  3. It depends what you're going to get out of taking more classes! While they might be fun, you're paying a lot of money to take them and also sacrificing whatever wages you could be making working instead of being in school. If it's really worth it to you to stick around then go for it but make sure you do it for the right reasons. Graduation only leads to better things!

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  4. Why not just enroll for a more advanced program? Most graduate and professional level programs also offer part time studies so you can work while taking the courses

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    1. do this one!
      or at least graduate and then still take classes, so that future evaluators see you finished on time (assuming you think this might matter to you)

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  5. Only you know the answer! Don't look for outside opinions.

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  6. fuck your dad

    the single biggest mistake i made in my uni career was giving in to familial pressure and taking a full load every single term without breaks (that means no summers) just to graduate on time

    not only did my grades tank, i also lost interest and got horribly depressed

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  7. I can definitely tell you right now you shouldn't be looking to what other people think of you for spending however long you want to in school, that stuff is up to you and how much you think you can personally get out of it. I can understand your parents being unhappy about your decision, and like 3 said, if he's paying for you, you should listen to what he says out of respect for the support he's given you over the past few years.

    If you think doing extra courses is going to be enriching and fun for you, you should do them. If I were in the situation and I wanted to, I would as well. But be smart about it, because you are sacrificing whatever you could be gaining by doing something else, whether it be an advanced degree or a job.

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  8. Are you prolonging it simply to avoid the responsibilities of getting a job and supporting yourself? If you are fully supporting yourself financially and not taking any money from your parents, then go for it. Otherwise -- get a job and do the occasional course on the side. Some employers will even pay for the courses if it is considered "professional development."

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  9. Whatever floats your boat. But I would consider doing something more useful like graduating, and applying for a masters program or something.

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  10. I'll tell you something my prof told me this term... no one gives a fuck. Don't worry about graduating 'on time' because no one is going to notice how many extra semesters you took, you aren't being measured on how many years you spent in your undergrad, you have to go through it at your own pace and learn all the shit you want to learn. I would not take anyone else's advice on this (except mine — only you decide when you're finished!)

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