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How long did it take you to graduate college? I feel so guilty...

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It's taken me a long time to figure out what I want to do for a living. Now, I've finally made a decision that I'm really passionate about and I'm working towards a career in nursing. I'm a senior in college, so this means 2 more years for me. I'm starting to feel so guilty for taking so long to graduate, because my parents fully support me (tuition, living expenses, books) and although they're reluctantly letting me continue, I never hear the end of it lately. It's either they don't understand why it took me this long to decide, or why I've wasted their money on classes I don't even need now, or why my tuition continues to go up each semester (economy effects)...I just feel awful about it.

Has anyone else ever taken this long to get their Bachelor's degree? Make me feel better? :/

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Lots of people don't figure out what they want to do until after college, so consider yourself ahead of the game.  I think it's awesome that you've found a career to be passionate about, and five year degrees are fast becoming the norm where I teach so I really don't consider a six year degree to be particularly odd - especially if it's leading you to a career you'll love.  (And, really, it's no longer than someone who decides to stick around and do a Masters just because they haven't figured out what to do by the end of the Bachelors degree.)

Let's long did it take me?

Summer 1993 - April 1994...

Sept 1997 - August 2000, including a couple of classes taken in...1999 and 2000.

So...I count four years and three summers in school, but just over seven years in total.

The missus started in 1995 and got her bachelor's in 2005 with a big break in the middle due to kiddies.  Not sure how her semesters add up, though.  Probably just over 4 years, though. 


started in september '86, dropped out halloween '88

went back spring of '91, graduated september '93, but did two more semesters because i couldn't think of anything else to do.  so was "finished" in the spring of '94.

back to take pre-requisites for grad school in september '05.

started grad school september '06.

finishing grad school feb/march '09.

so seven years for my undergrad, twenty three years total.

do you feel better now?

My father started college in 1968 and received his PhD. in 1981, being consistently in school from 1968-1969, and then from 1971 to 1981.

It's a little different when your parents are forced to pay the bill.  At least you extended your paid vacation two more years :-)

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I went back as an adult, so....

30 years after starting!

Congrats on finding what you want. If your parent's paying is stressig them, grow up and get a job. All my family have worked our own way through school. That way no one's fussing about the cost.

As far as classes you don't need for the major, knowledge is NEVER a useless. You'll use what you learned some time

I've been going steadily since 1997. Hopefully graduating in May 09!

I started my AA in 1997.  I just started my MBA this semester.  So I'm looking at 12 years now...and I won't finish my MBA until AT LEAST 2010.  So I'll be at 13-14 years before I'm done.

It took me 4 years. One year of working in my field after I graduated, I realized it wasn't something I wanted to do long-term. I paid for everything myself but don't feel I wasted my money. I still love what I went to school for, it's just not something I want to focus on until I'm older. Now I'm getting ready to go back for my Master's in International Development. 

I graduated High School in 1998. I graduated College in December, 2003.  So, 11 semesters, or 5.5 years.  My parents footed the bill the whole time.  This includes a semester abroad in Italy, and a semester off to work full time.

I got a VERY well rounded education (way too many anthropology, astronomy and sociology classes for a business major!!).  I don't regret it, and neither do my parents.  Education is important, and it is important to explore all your interests, and figure out what you really want to do.

However, my last semester, I wanted to extend an additional semester to complete a double major.... and I was told I would have to pay for it myself, so I finished right then and there with a single major.  :)

I had a signed job offer a year before graduation, so, there was no "move back home" period for me like there is for a lot of students.  I personally think it can be beneficial to take your time.

Hey, it is NEVER a waste.  All the classes are accumulative to who you are today.  As long as you are pursuing it, it is great.  Just complete it, no matter how long it takes!  Trust me!  In the end, it all works out and just explain that to your parents too and they will knowingly understand.



I did half a BA FA, two years, paid for by the bank of Mom & Dad but when the time came to transfer to a bigger school to finish, the money wasn't there and I'd pretty much realised that the degree would get me nothing, so I went to work.  I went back to study something completely different on my own dime a year later and have been working in that field ever since. I don't regret the two years I spent immersed in the arts, but I think I made the right decision not to continue.

Three years post secondary total, still no degree, a few certificates.

hey dont feel bad about it. the average time now is 5 years moving closer to 6. becides nursing is a realy good field that will do a lot of good.  if your realy feeling bad about it take out a student loan in your name and pay for tuition or housing or something so your parents dont have to pay as much. but your doing nothing wrong and you now know what you want to do so thats a huge plus

I'm in the same boat! I'm almost 26 now...and STILL in school (without a bachelors o.O). I could have my business accounting in a year from now... but im not so sure i want to go into that (woops). Money isnt really a problem (parents take care of things, and so far i am cheaper than my brother...even though he finished faster). The idea of starting towards something new (even only a 2 year program) seems like its just too much.

But...I guess I know that a couple years isnt really that much time. It just seems like a lot at this stage of my life. In the long run, i would be much more thankful for going towards something i really like than just finishing something because its faster.

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