Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m currently in school for my bachelors, and I was just wondering how long it took other people to get their degrees? It’s taken me a little longer than expected due to some financial/emotional stress so I’m a little down. I’m hoping to finish up here in the next two years, but it’s hard not to feel discouraged that it’s taking so long! So, what is your degree in, and how long did it take you to complete it?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 11
bee123456789 : It’s really encouraging that your friend was still able to finish after 8 years! I’m not that far, maybe 5 years or so? But it’s still slightly longer than normal lol.
namsayin : I’m studying fisheries and wildlife science, I changed my major (and school) last year from biology, and luckily most of my credits transferred over. I have two associates degrees already from a 2 year community college.
mepayne : I was doing 12-15 credit hours a semester but I was finding myself super stressed out and switched to part time. Partly because I hated my major, and I couldn’t balance school and work.
Guantanamera : Thank you for your encouragingly words! I had a mini meltdown earlier because I was scared I wouldn’t finish but my Fiance talked me out of it lol. I definitely understand needing the mental break, I took one for a year before going back.
lahela017 : I attended an early college high school and graduated with my associates alongside my high school diploma. It put me ahead creditwise, and I should’ve graduated sooner in theory. So I guess that’s why it’s hard for me to feel excited because even though I started out ahead, I’m still not finished 🙁 lol
Post # 12
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
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
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!
Post # 15
MagnoliaBee11 : lovelyruby : I had a lot of credits in high school too! So much that I was able to graduate with my associates, so even though I started out ahead, I’m finishing later and it’s sad sometimes lol
ajillity81 : I changed my major towards the end, but I still have a few classes to go before I’m done. I’ve been dealing with a lot of financial stress that has set me back, because part time people don’t get as much aid :/
hikingbride : I’m hoping once I finish this, I can start on my masters. I love that you finished in 3 years, you really kicked butt! You must’ve been in school all day haha