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Finishing Your College Degree: Got What It Takes?

College interruptus.

Definition

A relatively common condition characterized by something getting in the way of finishing your college degree.

Proof: According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 4 out of 6 young students at four-year institutions receive a degree within six years, while just 20% of those at two-year institutions graduate within three years.

Major Symptom

High stress levels, primarily due to juggling work and school schedules.

Proof: According to a study by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation titled, “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities About Why So Many Students Fail to Finish College,” 54% of college dropouts cite difficulties with managing work and classes as their primary reason for leaving—not tuition bills.

Risk Factors

Risk factors may vary but are often the result of busy, complex lives that include job and family responsibilities.

Proof: In 2008 the U.S. Department of Education found that 23% of college students have dependent children and 45% in four-year schools work 20 or more hours a week.

Made Worse By

Financial burdens, long working hours, family commitments, lack of convenient classes, and short sightedness about the impact dropping out has on the future. 

Remedy: Finish Your College Degree

Regardless of whether you’re 2, 10 or 20 years out, finishing your college degree in the classroom or online is not only highly desirable but very doable—but only if you have what it takes.

If you’re determined, resilient, hard working and flexible, you’re on the right track.

Read on for what else it takes to achieve the life-changing milestone that is a college degree.

  • Acknowledge the importance of going back to college to finish your degree.
  • Work hard, fueled by the knowledge that completing your degree can literally change your life.
  • Choose a school designed for returning students like Franklin University, which helps make going back to college easier with flexible schedules, online classes and affordable tuition.
  • Use our focused determination to overcome any fear or trepidation about applying for admission, registering for classes or participating in course work.
  • Ask for support from family, friends and coworkers as you adjust your life and schedule to accommodate class lectures and homework assignments.
  • Be highly flexible, since completing your degree will likely require you to re-adjust your life, schedule and priorities as often as every semester.
  • Create connections with other students and teachers, which will help you learn better and enjoy the experience more.
  • Become self-motivating by focusing on the reason(s) why you wanted to go back to school: to learn, to grow and to achieve.

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