NWR: How long did it take you to get your degree?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have a business degree and it took 4 years. My dad took several years, and I know a guy who took like 8 years and finally just graduated! I know lots of people who took longer than the 4 years so I wouldn’t sweat it! You’re almost there.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I went to college for 6 years total. I changed my major a bunch of times and went from a 4 year uni to a community college back to a 4 year uni (2 years each). My degree is in math. 

What are you studying?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2018

My degree is in Elementary Ed and it took 4 years. But I was doing 12 credit hour summer semesters every year too. 

I lived at my parents’ and didn’t have a job (most of the time), so maxing out my course loads was doable, though. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I had a friend who was a bio major and took five years to finish due to some personal stuff in her family that necessitated taking a year off, and another who took four and half years because he needed a mental health break to take some time and figure out what he wanted/needed. He was an economics major who was trying to figure out whether to stick with economics, or switch majors into communications and take more time to finish school. I got lucky and graduated with a communications degree in four years. 

No matter how long you’re in school, I think it takes true strength to realize you need time off and take it, and courage to get back in the saddle and continue your degree! It’s awesome that you’re still working towards that goal, and as difficult as it might be at first, I think it’ll all be worth it in the end 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I got my engineering degree in 3.5 years…. sort of.  I had some credits from high school and I did 3 online classes the summer before my senior year.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I got my biology degree in 4 years plus a summer! I had some high school credit, plus a program that gave me 8 credits. I definitely don’t see the harm in taking more than 4 years. Less credits per semester, meaning less stress!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

3 years. It was actually going to be two (I had a lot of credits from high school), but I decided to take a year off because it seemed ridiculous to get a degree at 19. I’m now in grad school and hoping to complete my master’s in a year and a half, but we’ll see!

On the flip side, it took my husband 6 years to get his bachelor’s!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i got my bachelors in 4.5 years (an extra semester).  i changed majors at the end of my sophomore year and needed the extra semester to finish up 2 classes. biology/premed with minor in information systems then switched to information systems with minor in biology.

i forget how long my masters took. maybe 6 years.  i took one class a semester.  and the semester i was supposed to do my final project, my father passed away so i pushed the final semester back one. masters in information technology with focus information systems management.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My bachelors took 3.5 years. I took 18 credits every semester and did some summer classes to make up for the semester I took off after my first year.

My masters took 3 years. 2 years of classes and then 1 additional year to finish writing my thesis. I don’t really count the third year though since I was working and not taking any classes.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I took off about 9 years! When back to school when I was 28 it took me four years to go from no degrees to earning my associates, bahcelors, and masters. So I was definitely a late bloomer when I graduated for the last time at almost 32 (it was a month prior to my birthday). My point is don’t feel bad for not following the typical path. Do the best you can, and keep on trucking. You will get there!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I have a B.S. and Ph.D. in Biology that took me 9 years, plus a year between degrees that I spent working to gain more research experience for grad school. 

I’ve met people in my field that have taken a variety of paths to get to where they are now, so I can tell you that no one cares how long you spend in a program once you finish. So even though it can feel like a slog after awhile, don’t lose sight of your goal!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

lunarfairy :  my degree is in international relations and political science. Finished it in 4 years but I was highly motivated – my parents wouldn’t pay for anything beyond that!

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