3 Major Differences Between High School and College
Start writing a post

3 Major Differences Between High School and College

What do you think about High School vs. College?

3 Major Differences Between High School and College
Conejo Valley Tutor

If there's one important thing I've learned about being a college freshman (other than what I've learned in class of course), it has to be this: college is nothing like high school. Even though I've only been a college student for a few weeks I can already tell that there are major differences between high school and college experiences.

1. College classes teach you information that you will use in your career, and high school classes don't.

I'm not saying that all high school classes are useless, but what's the point in a student spending an entire two semesters in chemistry class when they're going to college to become an accountant? Not all high schools are the same, but mine mostly taught us only how to memorize the material to pass a test. I don't feel as if I actually learned anything that was "taught" to me.

2. You don't get treated like a kid in college.

Although many of us were 18 and in high school at some point, we were still told that we can't use the bathroom or that our clothes are "inappropriate" for school. College doesn't care (too much, anyway). College professors expect you to get your work done and won't baby you about things involving the classroom. I believe this is great for preparing us for when we go out in the real world. In my opinion, high school would be more beneficial to students if the students were treated more like young adults and not children.

3. People change the way they interact socially at college.

Although it will never permanently be gone, the "clique" system tends to fade away after you graduate high school. People are more friendly in college which makes it easier to make friends, and that tends to draw sometimes shy people like myself out of their shells. Also, unlike high school students, many of us who attend college don't have time any more for the daily pointless drama that stirred everything up in high school. Friendships also feel more real in college because you aren't forced to see the same people every day and you sometimes have to go out of your way to see your friends. This generally weeds out a large portion of fake high school friends that just tolerate each other every day.

Obviously these three points are from my perspective and not everyone will feel the same, but I believe that many can relate to this. College is great because it allows you to grow as a person and learn things that will help you in life, while I feel that high school is sort of a dead end when it comes to growth. I'm just glad that I finally get some freedom in my education.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments