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Q & A With Berk Adanur
Auburn University Sophomore, Chemical Engineering
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I felt that it was the best thing for me to do in order to get ahead. At my high school, you are allowed to finish taking classes a semester early, if you have satisfied all credits required to graduate. During this semester, I decided that it would be best for me to take classes at Auburn University.

Also, my three older brothers did it while at Auburn University (one of them is currently a senior), and the two that have already graduated finished a semester earlier than normal. I’ve seen firsthand how dual enrollment is beneficial, and decided that I should do it.

I took all of my classes on campus --two classes (total of three credit hours) during the fall semester of my senior year of high school, and I took 16 credit hours during the spring semester of my senior year of high school.
ENGR 1100 – Engineering Orientation
COMP 1200 – Intro to Computing for Engineers and Scientists (MATLAB)
CHEN 2100 – Principles of Chemical Engineering
HIST 1020 – World History II
MUSI 2730 – Appreciation of Music
MATH 1610 – Calculus I
CHEM 1030 – Fundamentals of Chemistry I
CHEM 1031 – Fundamentals of Chemistry I Lab

First and foremost, dual enrollment benefitted me when I became a full-time student, because I already had a full semester of classes under my belt. This made the transition from high school to college easy and seamless. I already knew my way around campus, and I was comfortable in the college setting.

Also, because I had taken so many dual-enrollment classes, in addition to AP credits that I received in high school, I had a total of 31 credit hours when I became a full-time student. As a result, when all of my peers were beginning their freshman semesters, I was already considered a sophomore. The benefits of this include having a higher priority when signing up for classes compared to my peers, being able to order season football tickets without having to enter the lottery, and qualifying for more opportunities such as internships that require you to be at least a sophomore to apply.

It is also less stressful. I could theoretically take a semester off and still graduate in four years. I could lessen my class load each semester and still be on track to graduate in four years. I can even do what my brothers did and graduate a semester early.

I would tell them that if they feel like they can handle taking college classes early, then it is a great thing to do. I would also tell them to only do what you are able to do; you don’t want to jump into a high-level class and do poorly when you could have waited and done better. If you’re like me, able to finish high school classes a semester early, ask yourself if you could be better using your time to get ahead. I didn’t see the benefits of dual enrollment immediately, but once I became a full-time student at Auburn, I was grateful I did it.
I’m majoring in chemical engineering and plan to graduate from Auburn with a pre-med specialization and either go to work in the industry or apply to medical school.
Last updated: 05/18/2018