High School VS. College

High School VS. College

A comparison and contrast.
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High school and college have a lot of differences and similarities. Some of the differences between them can go from slightly different to majorly different. Most of their similarities and differences can be categorized.

Being a full time student can be difficult, but it is nice to know that when you graduate from high school, college is not that different in many aspects. Both high school and college take a good amount of effort. To be able to achieve good grades, both require concentration and ambition. Most people go into college thinking that it will be completely different, however, there are many things that make College just like high school. For example, there are still your average stereotypes. “Jocks” hang out with “jocks”, “nerds” still hang out with “nerds”, and “popular ones” still hang out with other “popular people”. Just like in high school, some work might seem hard like it did in high school, because one is learning something completely new. Most of these similarities are little, but at least they are similarities that might help one feel comfortable with the transition.

Although college has some similarities to high school, they both differ in many ways. In high school one might have a seven hour day with maybe eight subjects, however, in college one’s schedule is different on a daily basis. The average college student could have maybe five to seven classes a week but not all the classes are taken daily. In college, a student has more freedom to start making their own life decisions, whereas high school has more rules one needs to abide by. The grading system in college is different than in high school. High school gives out quarter grades, and college has semesters. Attending class is also a choice in college, where in high school, a teacher or parent was always making you attend. These are some of the differences between the two different types of schooling.

Since, high school and college still have some similarities, it may be easier for one to know the differences before they attend college after high school. Knowing the similarities and differences can help one become more comfortable with the change, and allow them to see what they are going into without going in blind to the differences.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

It really isn't THAT bad...

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I can't claim to have any deep wisdom on life, but I at least have some good experience with a highly turbulent college career. I started as a game design major in a tech college in Rochester, NY, transferred to a college in Texas, and now I'm an English major at CofC.

My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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