College Versus High School: A Tale Of Two Different Classrooms
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College Versus High School: A Tale Of Two Different Classrooms

A little advice to my fellow college freshmen, from your peer.

College Versus High School: A Tale Of Two Different Classrooms

To my peers, our first year of college is quickly approaching, but I don't think we are all prepared. College is nothing like anything we've ever been exposed to before, so I gathered some advice from upperclassman to help us out in this last month before our lives change forever.

1. College is voluntary & expensive.

You are attending college to further your education and short time after, start your career so make the most of it while you're here, it's important. Take charge right away so you're not playing catch up later.

2. In college you manage your own time,

which is very different from high school where your time is structured by others.

3. Before now you have usually been told what to do.

and corrected if your behavior is out of line. But in college, you are expected to take responsibility for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.

4. You have to study.

High school studying was a breeze. Maybe studying 30 minutes to an hour was enough for you to get by before, but that will change.

5. You need to review class notes and text material regularly.

Barely reading anything and occasionally listening in class is not enough.

6. High school teachers often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates.

College professors expect you to read, save, and consult the course syllabus; the syllabus spells out exactly what is expected of you, when it is due, and how you will be graded. Use it!

7. Grades matter!

Results count unlike before where effort could be a factor. Though "good-faith effort" is important in regard to the professor's willingness to help you achieve good results, it will not substitute for results in the grading process.

8. Take control of your own education.

Think of yourself as a scholar.

9. Be assertive.

Create your own support systems, and seek help if you realize you may need it.

10. It's not all about the party.
Again, you are attending college for your education. Yes there will be parties, and yes you will go to them but

And last but not least,

11. Think beyond the moment!

Set goals for the semester, the year, your college career. It really helps!

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