The pros and cons of graduating mid-year

June 20, 2016
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Chances are if you started your university degree mid-year, or you have been a little slack with handing in some assessments on time (if at all), you will be graduating mid-year.

Graduating at this time of year is tricky – you don’t want to feel like you’re missing out but you also still want to finish your degree as soon as possible. But, like everything university related, there are positives and negatives to this situation that all you mid-year grads will be able to relate to.

Pro: You don’t have to sit through 700 other graduating classmates

As momentous and spectacular as the occasion is, graduation ceremonies can be pretty tedious. Often if you graduate with a Distinction, you are one of those unlucky sons of bitches who get to go up on stage first. That would be all well and good if there weren’t an entire degree full of other people that you have to sit through as well.

You can’t leave, you can’t do anything besides sit there and watch everyone experience what you just experienced. However, if you graduate mid-year, the cohort you have to sit through is much smaller, which means you’re in and out way quicker than you would be if you were to finish at the end of year.

Con: You don’t get to graduate with all your friends

Easily the best thing about university is all the lifelong friends you make in those sacred years. Uni pals are way more permanent than those fools you thought you were mates with in high school, so not finishing uni with them can be a little bit of a downer.

Most of the time, you’ll be graduating with people you don’t know that well, or at least as much as everyone else seems to know each other. If you do want to graduate with your mates, most unis have condensed courses that run in the summer or winter that will allow you to catch up if you’re just a few subjects short. So there’s still hope!

Pro: It’s an excuse to have six months off before looking for work

Of course, this all depends on how serious you are about getting into the workforce. But if you’re one of those people who feel like you deserve a break, (and let’s be honest, you really do), then feel free to give yourself a little bit of a respite.

Many of your course buddies won’t be done until the end of the year anyway, so it’s not like you’re really missing out on any potential career opportunities. Or you might be, whatever. It doesn’t matter because you definitely have still earned yourself this much needed break. Work like crazy at your part-time job, go on a holiday or enter into a six-month slumber – the possibilities are endless.

Con: You won’t be able to take advantage of all the grad hype on social media

There is (completely unfounded) evidence out there that proves that posting a photo on Facebook in your grad gear is guaranteed to grab you 75% more likes then what you would usually get. However, this is increased by a further 15% if everyone else on people’s newsfeeds are graduating too. Sadly, if you graduate mid-year you’re not a part of this. Let’s face it – you’re about to enter adulthood and finding empty gratification from Facebook likes becomes a whole lot less viable.

Pro: You’ve still finished uni

Thank God.

Jackson Langford

Jackson is studying a Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Newcastle and is the rightful heir to the throne.

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