More Students Getting a Head Start on Their Careers

By Chris Hassan
Posted June 15, 2012 07:23 PM

Many students enter and exit college early.
Many students enter and exit college early.
As improvements in the economy are coming so slowly, it is likely that it will take some college graduates more time than usual to find work. As a result, it is not uncommon to find students working extra hard to earn their bachelor’s degree. In addition to finishing college early, these individuals get a head start on launching their career.

Graduating early

This is certainly the case in Oregon, where a few students enrolled in the state’s public universities are bringing their college careers to an early end, The Oregonian reports. Among the members of the class of 2012 is 20-year-old Mona Moghimian, a political science major who completed her studies at Portland State University in just 16 months.

Then, there is Paulina Nguyen, who at the age of 19, is set to graduate from Oregon State University and pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy.

Graduating from more than just college

While Nguyen and Moghimian have earned bachelor’s degrees, there are students who are achieving much more before turning 21. For example, Sho Yano, a 21-year-old Chicago resident, is now the proud owner of a Doctor of Medicine (MD), according to The Associated Press. Yano entered college at age 9, and then the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine just three years later.

The MD Yano received is far from his only accomplishment at the school, as he was also awarded a PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology.

An early start to college

The Oregonian reports that in some cases, early graduates load up on courses once they reach college. In other cases, students skip a few grades in elementary and high school in order to get a head start on earning a degree.

In Virginia, a number of students from the Portsmouth Public Schools are choosing to forgo their senior year in favor of college, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Between 2009 and 2011, the number of three-year high school graduates in this district increased from 19 to 91.

Among these students is 17-year-old Monikah Farrell, who will begin her studies at George Mason University in the fall.

"I didn’t feel like I was getting as much out of high school as I would college," Farrell told the Pilot. "I just felt graduating early would benefit me more."

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