Graduating early is one option students at Skyline have to get an early jump on their college education or career.
Sophomore year, senior Tiffany Timm decided that was the path she wanted to take.
“I wanted to graduate early because I wanted something new and to get a head start on my life,” Timm said.
After Timm’s graduation in December, she plans to go to Pratt Community College until May, then transfer to Washburn Tech. in Topeka. She plans to major in nursing.
For Timm, deciding to graduate wasn’t an easy decision. She said talking with people she trusted helped make the decision a little easier.
“As the time came closer it was hard to say if I wanted to graduate early or not, because it’s not bad going to school,” Timm said. “My parents advice was ‘If you want to do it, you should do it’ and they said they would support me.”
Timm doesn’t yet know if she would encourage others to graduate early.
“Be sure you know that is what you want because you are graduating early and you are leaving everything behind,” Timm said.
High school principal Herb McPherson said that graduating early isn’t for everyone. He said to talk to people you trust and consider everything, because it is something that you can’t get back.
“The decision is personal,” McPherson said. “I would not have graduated early. Some students are physically and mentally ready for change.”
For students considering graduating early, the requirements are relatively simple. Students must have the required credits to graduate, and the student and their parents must submit a letter to the superintendent and principal.
Timm and McPherson agree graduating early is not a good option for everyone, but Timm is still happy with the decision she made.
“I don’t have any regrets about graduating early,” Timm said.