Why I’m Graduating Early

Why I’m Graduating Early

October 15, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


– Okay, alright. So obviously I’m not in my normal room, I guess you could say. I’m actually at Baylor visiting the twins. So behind me if you can see this. This is where I’ve been staying. I have a couple friends with me, so we just made a mega bed out here. I’ve kind of mentioned a few times that I’m planning to
graduate high school early, and a lot of you guys
have had tons of questions about this, so I decided just to do kind of like answering your questions or at least as many as
I can in this video. So I asked you guys to ask me questions, and these are what I will be answering. (upbeat music) I guess I can answer the basic ones first. As you are graduating early, when do you plan on going to college? I’m a sophomore now which is
normal, on level sophomore and then next year, next school year which I guess will start
the fall of 2019 this year. I will be considered a senior, but technically like
age-wise, I will be a junior. So it’s kind of confusing
on whether or not I’ll be graduating as a junior or if I’m skipping my junior year. There’s a lot of questions about that which honestly I don’t really know the correct answer for it. I guess it really depends on credits. Oka, somebody said why
are you graduating early? Why can’t you just take your
time to be in high school? So, I guess kind of like
the basic answer for this, there’s a couple of different reasons. My freshman year the twins were seniors, so I’ve already involved in
a lot of the senior stuff and I had already seen a
whole bunch of colleges. So, as a freshman I was super excited to go already to college which
obviously is really early it was kind of unrealistic, but I had already kind of
been exposed to that stuff whereas most people won’t do
that ’til their junior year. Pretty much my whole
childhood I was put into different faster pace classes. So, I’ve always been a quicker learner. So I like learning at my own pace and graduating early has
allowed me to do that so I can kind of combine classes or take classes that
are an age level ahead. So I really like the pace that I’m at now whereas last year it was just too slow. In my school we’re kind of
ahead credit-wise anyway, so by the time you get
to your senior year, you’re only taking I
think two actual credits that are from the high school. The rest of ’em are
college credits anyway. So I thought it’d be
way more worth my time just to take those two credits and put them into another year, and then I can graduate and go get a whole year of college done. Do you still get all the senior
benefits like a senior trip? So I actually was kind of wondering this, not so much the senior trip part, but our school has a
ton of senior traditions like the senior walk, senior
breakfast, stuff like that and technically ’cause I’ll be a junior, I was wondering if I would be
able to do all these things. So actually, I looked
up our school’s course. I don’t even know what you call it. Big book of stuff basically, and I looked through it, and it did have a section
for graduating early and it said as long as I have
a certain amount of credits by the end of this year, which I will, then next year I will
be considered a senior. So technically I won’t ever
be considered a junior, which is why I’m saying it’s almost like I’m skipping my junior year. Because you’re graduating early, did you have to become friends with people in the grade above you? Was that weird? It’s surprising, I’m actually
on level on all my classes except for one this year. So I’m taking one class that’s
normally a junior class, and that’s the only one I’m
really with a grade above me, but I’m still friends
with the kids in my grade, and the kids above my grade. I just kind of do
different things with them considering one of them is the ones I’ll do all the senior stuff with and one of them is the class I’ve been with for six years. Okay, here’s a good one. I’m graduating college early
and I’ve found that lots of people get jealous, unfortunately. Have you had to deal with jealousy, especially amongst your friends? And what have you done to help it? Congrats on graduating. I haven’t really dealt with jealousy. I think people are kind of like, wow, I kind of wish I did that. I’ve had a few people actually decide to maybe graduate early too because in our school it’s
really not that difficult. My friends are pretty excited for me. I mean they’ll be sad
when I leave a year early. It’s kind of just like
it’s my decision to leave just as much as it’s
their decision to stay. Okay, do you have to take multiple levels of the same core class in the same year? My school makes you take
four English credits, one each year, so the only possible way for us to graduate early is to take college
English during the summer and only take half a
semester of government which means you’ll take
current events too. It’s only possible to
graduate early in December of your senior year. So I think it really
depends on your school. Right now I’m a sophomore
and I’m in Algebra 2, so for some schools that’s on level. For some schools, that’s a year ahead. It really depends, but for us that means that next year I can take, my senior year, I can just take dual credit math. So that means I’m still
taking four years of math, but there’s not a certain required math that I have to take necessarily, but for English it’s a
little bit different. I do have to take four
Englishes, one each year. So this year I actually
am doubling up in English. I’m taking English 2
which is normal sophomore, and then I’m also taking AP
Language and composition class. Next year I will double up in science. I’ll take Physics and Anatomy, but really the courses
are pretty different so I don’t really mind it. Oh, this is a good one. Will you get to attend a
proper graduation ceremony? Yes, I will. I will actually graduate,
again, at the year above me so I’ll just walk with them which honestly I don’t really
have a big problem with. I still think I’m still
getting to graduate, and really in 20 years I don’t
really think I’ll remember who I graduated with so
much as how I graduated. Have you always wanted to graduate early or is it a newer subject/idea? Again, even through middle school I kind of was like I need
something a little bit quicker which honestly is just the way I learned. It’s not like saying I’m a
better learner or something, but I’ve always been like
I need just a little bit of teaching and then I need
to figure it out on my own. So I think this has kind
of allowed me to do that and all through middle school there was a little bit more structure. They were kind of like you
have to do it this way. So when I got to high school, and there was a lot more options, I was like, well, I can actually take this and learn my way which will actually benefit me in the long run. So I think being able to
do all these classes faster and at my own pace is kind of why I decided to do it, really. I know a lot of people will ask if I’m going to miss certain things like feel like I miss out on things, but really I did prom my
freshman year and sophomore year. I did homecoming last year. So I feel like I’ve gotten,
I’ve done Powderpuff. I’ve done pretty much everything that you do in high
school, football seasons, everything like that. So I really don’t think
missing one more year of that is something major. I think I’ll have a lot more
experiences going to college. Yeah, I really think
doing this will be more of a memory than doing
a whole ‘nother year of what I’ve kind of done in the past. Are your parents that you’re doing it? So my parents, they kind
of know about this style of learning is definitely how I learn. My parents, they were kind of
like you make the decision, we’re not gonna weigh in either way. It’s really been nice actually because I’ve learned how
to talk to counselors, how to email like a whole bunch of people, how to go in early to my teachers, how to explain to my
teachers what I’m doing, how to work double time on classes. So it’s really been really good because I feel like I’m learning a lot of life skills through all this. But I think that they
can tell that I’m excited that I’m graduating early and
so they don’t really mind it. Would you recommend
other people do the same or do you think it depends
on the person/situation? I think it really depends on the person. For the twins I know
that once I figured out that you could do it, they were like we really
wish that we had done that. I think Rylan plans to do all
four years of high school. Obviously she’s not
even in high school yet, so she doesn’t know that yet, but she has said that she wants to stay. So I really think it
depends on your personality whether you weigh more the
academics or the social side which are equally important, but to you which one you feel like benefits you more in the long run. For more, it was definitely
more the academic side. So I felt like getting that done and out of the way was
more beneficial to me. Was graduating early a tough choice to make and what are some decisions to think about before making
a decision to graduate early? Once again, I really just think you have to think through pretty much everything. It’s a really big decision. I will be going to college at age 17, so that was something to think about because technically I won’t be able to sign any doctor’s forms or wavers or anything like that ’cause
I will still be a child. I won’t be an adult yet. You have one less year
to get scholarships, you have one less year
to work on your ACT. One of the hardest things to do is A, get all your counselors on the same page because it’s not the typical path. The second hardest thing is just trying to get all the information that normal juniors or seniors get. So because I’m a class below, I don’t get all the information about senior projects and ACT stuff. So I really have to go out of my way to say hey, I need this information too. So you really have to be not afraid to talk to counselors, like the big thing ’cause you have to be like
I’m graduating next year too, I need to know how to do this stuff. Is is stressful to graduate early? I think the most stressful part would probably be answering
everybody’s questions about it. This person asked will it
be weird going to college with kids a lot older than you? I’ve been basically
working since I was seven, so since I was really little I’ve kind of been put into
more of a professional atmosphere where I’ve been acting with adults I guess you could say. Especially in middle school I was going to business meetings and stuff like that. So, it doesn’t really faze me that much. For somebody else it might, and really I won’t be that
much younger than them. I am older for my grade right now. I actually met a girl
here at Baylor who was 17. Yeah so she was my age,
and she went to college, and she was like I did the same thing. Really it’s not that different. Once you get to college
age doesn’t really matter, but you really make
friends with everybody. So I don’t really think
it’ll be detrimental to my social life or something like that. What specific career do you want to have? So I know a lot of you guys
have been wondering this. Kind of like my broader answer in the past has been something in the
medical school or medical field. That’s really been what I’ve wanted to do pretty much my whole
life but just recently I’ve been kind of looking at
majors and stuff like that, and this isn’t set in stone yet, but the major I’m actually looking into, especially for the colleges I’m
looking at, is neuroscience. The colleges here have good
options for neuroscience. I really am interested
in the study of the brain and why people do the things that they do. I’m not really sure what
I want as a career yet. I think it really depends on
how much school I want to do. So I think I would do the
pre med track throughout my four years and then once
I got to that last year if I decided I was done,
then I think I would take that degree to go do something like criminal psychology
or something that. So yeah, this is pretty much the video. Obviously this only applies
to me and my situation, but I hope you guys enjoyed this. If you have any other questions, just comment them down below,
and I’ll try to answer them. You guys were really intrigued by this, so hopefully this answered all
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