Students choosing to graduate early

April 8, 2016

          “The best thing about graduating early would have to be the full time hours at work and the pay. Along with just a taste of what life is going to be like without constant schooling. I do not regret graduating early whatsoever,” Alex Salsberry said.

          Salsberry chose to graduate early because she had worked hard since her freshman year and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to do so.

“Recommending it would depend on the person because I had some situations, within my life, that made it a definite answer that I wanted to graduate early,” Salsberry said.

Brittany Berthiaume also does not regret her decision to graduate early.

          “I graduated early because I moved out of the state to Illinois. Also, I did not like high school anymore; to be honest, senior year was really difficult for me. I was ready to move on to the new chapter in my life that did not involve high school drama anymore,” Berthiaume  said.

          Berthiaume is now spending her time working at Kohl's and Dunn Brothers to earn as much money as she can.

          “I am committed to St. Ambrose University and will be attending in the fall. As of now I am going to major in English, and then I hope to go to law school,” Berthiaume said.

          Berthiaume is still coming back for prom and graduation because she does not want to miss those memorable moments.

          “I am counting down the days until prom, and I am looking forward to graduation. The best thing, though, about graduating early is not having to walk down high school hallways because there is so much negativity,” Berthiaume said.

Mikayla Steen graduated early and is currently working full time at Skellington Manor as an event coordinator, and she manages some rental properties around Bettendorf and Davenport.

          “The best thing about graduating early is being responsible for myself, being treated like an adult and not having a first block anymore,” Steen said.

          Tylar O’Brien graduated early to save more money for college.

          “I am working right now and taking a class at Scott Community College. I plan on attending the Coastal Carolina University,” O’Brien said.

Steen is not planning on going to college because she is already working.

          “I would recommend graduating early to people who have a plan,” Steen said.

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