By Ivanna Carlos |Staff Writer|
Its become uncommon for many college students to graduate within the typical four year time frame.
The CSUSB website includes a headline link that promises incoming freshmen, who sign a commitment contract,
they can graduate in four years.
These obligations include signing a four year pledge contract, promising to register for 15 units every quarter, and staying aware of the pledge obligations.
“I am starting my sixth year at CSUSB and it is definitely not what I intended,” said student Suna Haddad.
Most students do not start college with the intention of being here
more than four years. Unfortunately for them, it happens often.
Sometimes students start off their college years undecided.
“Instead of jumping to a four year university, I took my time at Chaffey before getting admitted to CSUSB because I was undecided on what I wanted to do,” said student Nathan Runyan.
“I felt like the professors at Chaffey didn’t care, which made me take Chaffey as a joke as if it were high school all over again,” continued Runyan.
In other cases, it can be that universities make it difficult for students.
“Instead of offering classes only for selected quarters, they need to offer them year round,” said Haddad
It is hard to imagine anyone wanting to stay in school for more than four years because it just means paying more money and, possibly, more loans.
“As soon as I transferred to CSUSB, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I put in more work and time into my studies and realized I am getting older,” said Runyan. “I realized I was wasting time and money.”
In my case, it’s taking me a while because I started off as a liberal arts major and ended up becoming a communications major.
I realized I wasn’t interested in liberal arts and teaching anymore. After taking a couple communication classes, I fell in love with that major.
In the process of changing majors, I had wasted time, as well as money, that, unfortunately, I could not get back and it just extended my time here at school.
Taking more than four years to finish college is usually unintentional. Who willingly wants to spend more money than they have to?