I Have Enough Credits To GraduateSchoolI Have Enough Credits To Graduate<div class="ExternalClassD7E18EEEB89C4C839A120FC1C52D16A3"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;color:#15232b;">I'm not sure what to do. I have enough credits to graduate this year but I'm only 16. I haven't told my parents yet, I don't know if a lot of 16 year olds start college. I have to let my school counselor know. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassA7DDFF3D9D154111B401B1BCEBCB4408"><p>​It's so great that you emailed in. You are recognizing where you stand with school credits, and it sounds like there are a lot of unknowns or options which all may feel a bit overwhelming to you now. You have a great idea regarding talking to your school counselor first. In addition to credits, often times you have to have a certain number of specific credits in each different subject or other items that need to be completed such as volunteer hours, other general electives, and college placement exams prior to actually entering a college/university. </p><p>On the other hand, many high school students who wrap up their credits in a shorter amount of time, take a lot of advanced placement classes, or who are ready for a higher level of learning while still in high school, will sign up and take a few college courses early. When you talk to your school counselor be sure to be honest and let him/her know how you are feeling.  Maybe together you can discuss what all of your options are before presenting them to your parents.<br></p><p>You are right that 16 is pretty young to enter college, and most Freshman would be a year or two or more older than you. Together, you, the school, and your parents may want to sit down together so all of you are on the same page. </p><p>If you want to call in and talk to a crisis counselor here, maybe that would help too.  We do not want you to carry this stress all alone.  </p><p>Have a good day and hope to hear from you soon.<br></p><p>Laura, Crisis Counselor<br></p></div>16

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