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Dual Enrollment in High School

If you know that your career path includes going to college then why not consider dual enrollment? Ever heard of it? Dual enrollment allows you to earn college credits while still in high school. It’s great for students who want to kill two birds with one stone and get both college and high school credits at the same time.  Dual Enrollment

Five Benefits of Dual Enrollment

1. Exposure to College

Dual enrollment allows you to experience what college level classes will be like. It can help you understand what to expect when you are in college full time.

2. Saves Money

Earning college credits in high school can help you to graduate faster. As an incoming freshman you may not have to take a lot of the entry level classes. College is expensive. Getting through it faster is a great way to save you money.

3. Cures Senioritis

Senioritis, if you didn’t already know, is when a senior loses interest in school and checks out mentally. One way to fight senioritis is to challenge yourself by taking college level courses. It can help you to renew your sense of purpose and increase motivation at a time when it may be a struggle for you.

4. Builds Confidence

Taking college courses in high school can help you to build confidence. Once you start passing college level courses you will feel like you are able to conquer the world.

5. Previews the School

Hope fully as a junior or senior in college you’ve already taken a few college tours. Maybe you’ve spent some time visiting campuses or even spent the night. Taking college courses gives you yet another view of the college and will help you make a better decision about which school to choose.

How to Get Started

Sounds great right? So how do you get started? Well, most of the time it’s as simple as visiting the websites of your local community colleges.  On their websites they will have a section for high school students looking to enroll in their dual enrollment programs. Usually you will have to submit your official high school transcript and fill out an application.

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Have you ever taken a dual enrollment class? What did you think? What did you gain from it? If you haven’t taken one and you’re in high school do you plan on taking one? Share your thoughts.

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A Better Option

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Ever heard this advice, “If you don’t know what major you want, go as an undeclared student. You can decide on your major after a few basic courses.”? Sounds like an “okay” idea doesn’t it? It seems like a pretty harmless plan and I suppose if you are going for an “okay” plan then it will suffice.

But you don’t want an “okay” plan. You want a remarkable plan.  You want a clear and intentional plan and being undeclared has no place in your plan.  The idea that you can take a few 101 courses and suddenly “find yourself” is just plain dumb and it is unnecessarily expensive.

If you are absolutely certain that college is a part of your plan, then a better option is to audit a college course while you are still in high school. A lot of high schools have dual enrollment with colleges.  Earning college credits while still in high school is an excellent way to go. If you are closer to graduation or don’t have the previous options available, you could also attend a community college and take a few courses without living on campus or accruing big expenses from a larger university.  Sometimes it is a good idea to take a gap year as well. Taking a year off after high school can often help you realize what you like, and often more importantly, what you don’t like. Of course when I say “taking a year off” I do not mean staying at home and bumming off of mom and dad. Taking a year off involves working, volunteering, and engaging in serious self-development.

Going to college undeclared is an option, but in my opinion it is rarely the best one.

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