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addendum for early graduation?

Postby HOV » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:13 pm

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby gdane » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:40 pm

Why the hell would you even write this? Graduating early isnt out of the norm. Lots of people do it.

No need to waste your or the schools' time with this addendum. An addendum should only be used for important things such as explaining a low GPA, a low LSAT, a discrepancy between LSAT scores or some extenuating circumstance. Your situation is none of the above.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby hijodehombre » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:38 pm

I don't agree that graduating early is that common, at least at my university. But even if it is, you should use it to your advantage. Mention it in your PS to highlight your work ethic, not as some sort of shortcoming in need of explanation.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby im_blue » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:52 pm

Many people can graduate a semester early with a combination of AP credits, summer classes, high credit loads, etc. For example, if you need 120 credits to graduate, you could finish a semester early by taking 16 credits per semester and getting AP credit for 2 classes. Doesn't sound like a situation that needs an addendum.
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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby IAFG » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:54 pm

i graduated in 5 semesters. no one cares/cared

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby NJcollegestudent » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:16 pm

I have the same situation as you, as i plan on graduating a year earlier than the current four year track. Check the schools application, and if they say we require six semesters of work or something to that effect, then write the explanation.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby nealric » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:02 am

I graduated in 3 years. It was a non-issue.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby vegenator » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:00 pm

I graduated two years early, AND DID write an addendum ONLY because of how my credits appear on my transcript. I talked to my pre-law advisor and she thought an addendum would help clear up any confusion in my particular circumstance. The problem with my transcript was that it lumped my 14 Ap credits and 45 language credits with the 3 credits I took pass/fail. So it looks like I had 62 credits pass/fail. I just wrote a short addendum explaining how I got the AP/language credits and that they weren't pass/fail. I put a bit of a positive spin on it to emphasize how I worked hard to graduate early and that I did it for financial reasons, not a lack of intellectual curiosity.

One semester early isn't that rare, even though it is awesome. As others have said in this column, I would perhaps mention it in your PS if it fits nicely. In your case, it's more of a thing to brag about, but definitely not something that needs to be explained.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby Cupidity » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:17 pm

Dumb question. Graduated in 3, didn't affect my cycle.

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Re: addendum for early graduation?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:27 pm

With AP credits, many students enter universities as sophomores & graduate a year early.

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