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Taylor Merriweather
English Comp.
Professor Henderson
12 November 2018

High School v. College
It is a big step from high school to college. The goal of this paper is to help prepare you by sharing, from personal experience, what to expect in the transition. I will compare and contrast high school life and college life. Several changes include the difference between high school teachers and college professors, the workload requirements, and the overall responsibility requirements. In high school, the teachers and staff members seem to watch out for students almost like they are their own children. They guide them and correct them if necessary. Most teachers remind students of their responsibilities, help them set goals, prioritize and assign a very manageable amount of homework. High school teachers are more lenient with their rules when it comes to the work that is given. They remind students about things such as homework, papers and things in that area. In college, the workload is much more demanding and challenging, sometimes requiring hours of homework in addition to studying. Professors are available and helpful, but most expect students to contact them if they require assistance and may not remind students of incomplete work. Public school is mandatory and paid for by taxpayers. Textbooks are provided at no extra charge and usually delivered right to the classroom, which is very convenient. Class schedules are usually arranged by the school with very little input required from the student. Most schools have assigned parking and a locker in the hallway for supplies. Classes are usually fairly close to each other making it very manageable to get from class to class and lunch is always scheduled into your day. College is strictly voluntary and can be expensive. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, which can be frustrating, expensive and time-consuming. While in college students are expected to take responsibility for which classes they attend or do not attend, as well as the consequences of poor planning. No one is going to call your parents if you do not show up for class; you will have to deal with the repercussions of missed assignments. College students must prioritize in order to balance school and personal life. College students arrange their own schedule after a week of going through the classes they may have thought they wanted to be in but it was too challenging or hard to focus. You never know what to expect out of college until you experience it. You may have a class with a different race of a teacher that you’re mainly used to seeing or being taught by. You may experience an issue with understanding your professor when he/she is explaining things because of their accent. There are many good and bad parts about the transition from high school to college. Both play an important role in making a person into a collected individual and a member of a society. It is where you find your inner self and make new friends and new decisions. However, the main focus for most high school students is the acceptance of peers and not their scholarly duties. This is the stage of life when a student must come to terms with what they are and what they will become, and there is always someone who wants to be better than the other students. As a result of these concerns, students go through an assortment of drama, which sometimes swallows a student like a Black Hole from which they cannot get out of. Throughout the year the majority of students wait for the school dances such as Winter Formal Dance, Senior Dinner Dance and the most important of the year, Prom. A good number of students endure High School just because of these dances, and most importantly graduation where they leave everything behind and don’t have to be troubled about High School anymore.

College, on the other hand, is a choice if one wants to attend or not. A person has to pay for the education in college. So, if a student doesn’t live up the expectations of college they know they wasted their hard earned money, or their parents’. Since students pay to get into college they work and study harder than they did in high school. One comes on their own time schedule. The many different choices one makes and the repercussions of those decisions will be theirs and theirs alone because now a student is an adult in college. Personal freedom is an incredibly important thing people like to have. Everyone likes to be able to do what he or she desires, whenever they want. It prepares a person to develop an understanding to get a job in a certain career. Therefore they study those required courses and finish their education with a degree and starts a career. As soon as a person graduates from High School, a sense of maturity comes in them. They start realizing that everything in high school was materialistic, and college is practical. College is exceptionally different than high school just by the personal freedoms, the classroom, and the social life. In college, no one would be concerned about the basic everyday dilemmas that would surround him or her in High School. In college, one continues on their way of discovering who they are, and by the time they graduate, they have discovered themselves and are comfortable in their own skin. College prepares students to face the real world, and how to handle it. College separates the mature people from the immature ones.

Truly, I would love to go back to high school because of the fact of having friends and having your parents close. Don’t get me wrong, I love college and all the freedom that it offers but sometimes being grown and on your own gets tough and sometimes you want to give up but you can’t. Now I am learning to be a better person and to think more critically. Whereas, in high school and college are most diverse, in the end, the major difference is that the students level of maturity. In high school, the student is obligated to attend school events. In college, you have a choice whether to attend or not. There are no guarantees of having fun in college but it’s what you make it. It’s about what you want to be remembered as and what legacy you want to leave.

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