What Is The Early College Program?

What Is The Early College Program?

The early college program is not dual enrollment.

Not many people know about the early college program even though there are a lot of early college students. Many people don't even understand the program thinking it's dual enrollment. The early college program is not dual enrollment. The college that the students attend is their “high school,” the high school that the students came from is their home school. Some of the students' home schools allow them to do sports and attend dances and etc., but other students have to transfer to a Windover school that allows them to join the program.

High school students can't start the program until they are a sophomore in high school. Once they get accepted into the program, they still have to take high school classes for their first semester. It isn't until the second or even third semester that they are allowed to take college classes.

The high school classes are used by the director and teachers of the program to see if the students are responsible enough to take college level classes. The high school classes the students take are the four main courses: English, Math, Science, and History. Out of those four classes, they need to have a C or higher to take a college level class for that subject. For example, my first semester I had D's and E's in all my classes so I didn't get to take any college courses my second semester. I stayed in those high school classes for another semester. After the second semester, everyone takes college classes.

In the program, you have a mentor that you have to make a meeting with during their office hours. This mentor is your counselor. You have to meet with your mentor once a week. The mentor you have helps you choose the classes you need to take to finish your high school credits. High school credits have to be done before you start general requirement classes.

The early college program pays for everything including books and classes. The only thing you have to pay for is lunch.

After your senior year, you can choose to stay another year in the early college program or officially go to college. They call it a plus one year. It's a really good thing to do because you get a year of college for free. After you finish the program whether you did the plus one year or not, you only need two or fewer years in college to get your bachelor's degree.

The early college program is a great way to know what to expect in college. In high school, teachers say they are not going to give you the notes from the class you miss but they end up doing it anyway. But in college, if you miss a class, your professor will not care. This is a great upside to the early college program, they make sure that you have the responsibility to get the notes from someone else in your class.

This program teaches responsibility to be able to pass classes.

You have to have the responsibility to get yourself up in the morning and get to class on time. To be able to email your professors when you can't make it to class. And you need to be able to turn in your work on time by using time management skills.

The early college program is an amazing choice for people that want to challenge themselves or for the people that feel like high school classes are too easy for them.
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In college you learn something new everyday.

I think we all have a general assumption about what college is going to be like when you start: endless freedom, partying, interesting classes, etc. I think I speak for quite a few college students when I say, college is actually very different than I imagined it to be. That being said, there are a few things (I have learned a lot of things, but these are some of the most important ones) I have learned so far, so I thought I would share.

1. You will miss your family.

Okay, yeah, I know that is kind of a given, but a lot of us get excited to leave the house and live on our own. You don't really realize how much of an impact your family had on your life until you don't live with them anymore. I have always been an independent person, but I cry sometimes because I miss my parents. It happens. It's inevitable, but it happens.

2. Office hours are SO important.

Most of your classes will have about 200 students. so one-on-one time with your professor doesn't happen anymore. You don't have the same relationship with college professors that you had with high school teachers, so it is up to you to create that relationship. You are on your own in college classes. They aren't going to be reminding you that you have something due, so telling you exactly what to study for an exam, so it is up to you.

3. Class is also SO important.

I know it can be tempting to skip classes, especially because a lot of them don't take attendance. Unless you really have to, it is in your best interest to go to class. You (or your parents) are paying for your classes, so try to go to class.

4. Living is expensive.

Now that you have to grocery shop for yourself, buy clothes, and other things you may need, you will probably catch yourself saying things like, "$15 for a shirt? Yeah, maybe if I was rich." One of your biggest excuses to not do something will be "I'm broke."

5. You are never going to feel like you're actually in college.

To this day, I still can't believe I am in college. Life feels so much different during this time and I sometimes have to stop myself and say, "You can do this. You're in college now."

6. Everyone is basically going through the same thing.

Whether you are struggling with a class, homesickness, or something else, we are all in this together. No one is judging you for wearing your pajamas to class because they are probably wearing theirs to. College is way different than high school. It isn't easy for everyone, but we are all working through it.

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My Work. My Grade. Right?

How much of a role should students play in the grading process.

This weeks task, essay. I think to myself, “I have this in the bag.” It’s an opinionated piece where could I possibly go wrong.

“Argument is jaded,” “thesis is not developed enough,” “ideas are too scattered,” “blah blah blah blah blah.” This is not fair. My argument and my thesis represents my individual thoughts and opinions on the issues at hand. How can it possibly be fair for me to be graded on an opinionated assignment.

This weeks task, math exam. I think to myself, ” I do not have this in the bag.” It’s all formulas and problem solving questions that I still have no idea how to do.

“Wrong formula,” “not rounded,” “blah blah blah blah.” This is fair. I didn’t memorize enough of the formulas. I didn’t do enough practice problems.

When it comes to students being involved with the grading process of their individual works, I believe it is important to include their input to some extent. There are subjects such as math, science, and others that do not really require student input. However, topics that could offer a little more involvement are the ones that allow the student to express themselves in a more intimate manner. Essays, arguments, discussions, and presentations should offer more involvement with students due to the fact that they, in my opinion, have no right or wrong answer. There are so many various approaches to every argument and every topic that I believe every student should have a say in the grading process. As long as the student is well prepared and is able to stand for their work, they should be able to have a say in the grading process.

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