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College tells student: You're taking too many classes

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St. Petersburg College student MJ Faquseh set up 16 computers in his family's home office. The reasoning behind the sophisticated setup? The senior enrolled in 20 classes in one semester.

"Everyone else in our generation are getting one degree. When I looked at it, I thought, 'OK, how am I going to make myself more competitive?" MJ told FOX 13 Tuesday.

The 22-year-old aspiring law student went through the motions to make sure the school's Tarpon Springs campus would approve his ambitious course load.

"There's no cap amount stated at SPC. It says, under extenuating circumstances, a student may take excessive credit hours with approval of a counselor or adviser, which I did. I got the associate provost to approve me of them," MJ said.

Just weeks later, St. Petersburg College pulled the plug on MJ's plan. He was told to cut his schedule from 60 credit hours, down to 24. The provost that initially approved his schedule is no longer employed at the college.

"They don't want one student to have all these degrees, making college look too easy, making a mockery out of college, which I didn't mean to make. I just wanted to take the classes," MJ continued.

Administrators with the school say there's no way a student could excel under the excessive course load.

"St. Pete College takes pride in its accreditation and academic integrity. A 60-hour course load of out of classwork, studying, and tests are not achievable in a 40-hour work week," said St. Petersburg College Vice President Tonjua Williams.

Still, MJ's dad says he was a dean's list student and dedicated to his studies.

"I don't understand why the college shouldn't be proud of this kind of student," Ismial Faquseh said Tuesday.

Today, MJ's schedule is down to just two courses. He's now planning to appeal the college's decision. He says it's stifling his power to succeed.

"As professors, and as teachers, and as colleges, they're supposed to guide our candle of light to better create a better future for everyone else. So why are they burning out everyone's light?" MJ added.

MJ says he stopped participating in some of the classes when the controversy confusion erupted . He says instructors kept grading him on his incomplete work, which has now dragged down his GPA.

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