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Some differences between high school and college


Monday, August 06, 2012
No matter how much time you spend preparing for college, making the transition from a high school lifestyle to a college lifestyle can be challenging. Something that can help to make the process easier is knowing what some of the biggest differences between high school and college life are.

A different type of school life

For many students, one of the most appealing aspects of going to college is that you can leave home and live in a dormitory with people your own age. However, this also provides its fair share of challenges, starting with the fact that you cannot leave school behind at the end of the day if you live there.

No matter how much you loved seeing your high school friends throughout the school day, you knew you would have some time to yourself at night. However, in college, you may see your classmates everywhere from your dorm building to the classroom, from the dining hall to the student center. As a result, you are going to have to be  prepared for less alone time.

However, this aspect of campus life does not come without its benefits. Spending more time with classmates also means more time developing friendships, studying together or getting involved in sports or other on-campus activities.

More responsibility

Living on your own for the first time is one of the most exciting parts of going away to school; however it comes with many new responsibilities.

You may have learned the basics of time management while you were in high school when you had to juggle homework, a part-time job and a social life. However, your teachers gave you plenty or reminders about tests and assignments and your parents often cut you some slack if you were too busy with homework to do chores.

Once you get to college, your parents and teachers are no longer responsible for reminding you to complete your assignments or start studying for a test. Similarly, if you oversleep, they will not be in your dorm room to wake you up for class. And of course there are always the consequences of forgetting to do your laundry or the dinner dishes. At college, you alone will be responsible for your personal and academic success.

Greater control over your studies

Toward the end of your high school career, you may have had some freedom in what classes you took, but for the most part your schedule was chosen for you.

In college however, you are responsible for choosing and registering for classes. You can create a schedule that allows you to sleep in every day or you can get all your classes out of the way before noon. Bear in mind, however, that you will have to take required courses for both your core and your major. Be sure to meet with your advisor before you finalize your schedule to make sure you are on track with your major and graduation requirements.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800835470-ADNFCR

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