It’s my last week of being a full time college student! My last semester, Spring 2020, I will be only taking 2 classes at FIT. I’m really excited to have more time in my schedule to work, and start a full time job hopefully.
During my last few years at FIT I had tried to stack classes and knock out as much as possible, and as I looked at my upcoming classes needed for senior year I realized I could be part time my last semester. Full time is 12+ credits, typically 4 or so classes, and part time is 11 and a half credits a semester and below. Instead of paying a lump sum for a semester, part time students pay per credit taken. Next semester I have two classes, which are 6 credits total. I had done a lot of classes ahead so if I needed to make anything up to graduate on time I could, but the side benefit of paying less this last semester is pretty sweet.
This option isn’t for everyone (some scholarships and aid require you to be full time), but for me it worked out perfectly and I am excited for the flexibility it brings. If I get hired at a company I am able to work full time. It will be nice to cushion the transition from college to working after graduation. And who needs free time anyways?
At the end of the day, I think it’s always important to be looking for ways to help yourself! Wether it is taking extra classes, spacing out classes, getting tough subjects for you out of the way, or taking a semester off, see how you can make your college experience the best for YOU.