Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
Colleen Buhrer, managing editor
Liz King, assistant design managing editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
It seems nowadays if a student graduates in four years, he or
she is an overachiever or had to overload in credits to accomplish
this task, a task that in the past was the norm. According to
today’s story, some of students are finding it difficult to wear
the cap and gown in four years.
Our opinion is students need to plan, financially and
career-wise, on staying in college for more than four years. And
also, the university should either work harder to expand the number
of class sections offered or be upfront with incoming students that
graduating in four years is not guaranteed.
A lot of variables can go into the equation: poor advising,
changing majors, repeat/delete and being able to afford school. We
also feel that external pressures from employers to expect more
from a degree-holding employee can make students stay in school
longer than expected.
Freshmen should plan long-term and not use the first two years
of college as party years. Students who are determined to graduate
in four years might have to overload in credits and sacrifice a
summer of sun for books and homework. High schools should work more
with college-bound students to take college preparation classes and
to take Advanced Placement tests to earn college credit.
Today’s technical fields are becoming more and more demanding,
and to best equip themselves to land a job students may find
themselves taking more and more credits and classes.
Also, the university’s budget cuts could deter that diploma even
longer. Everyone has seen students get panic attacks during
registration as core and prerequisite classes fill up seemingly
faster and faster every semester.
We acknowledge the fact that it is realistic and possible to
graduate in four years, but students should understand that it is
very possible they could call CSU home for an extra year or