Becoming a Successful College Student
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome.” Booker T. Washington. Throughout life people are faced with a variety of obstacles. How they choose to overcome these obstacles determines whether they become successful or not, it would be nice if there was an instruction manual to tell one how to be successful, how to overcome these obstacles. One of the most difficult obstacles facing me today is college. I have seen that often times people go into college with their eyes closed tightly, meaning they are totally unprepared for what lies ahead. There are a variety of aspects that determine whether I will be successful in college. Meeting basic requirements to enter college, learning how to study on the college level, and managing my time are all key factors in becoming a successful college student. To enroll in college, I must first meet the basic requirements of that institution. For almost all academically based colleges, a basic requirement is a high school diploma or G.E.D. After providing a copy of my diploma, I then had to take a placement test to assure my success in college. The Personalized Achievement Summary System, in many colleges called the pass test, assessed my understanding of college level classes and placed me accordingly. Community colleges, as the one I am attending are available around the United States. Most community colleges offer a two year degree program, which will prepare me to enter a more substantial college to receive a four year degree or higher, if I wish. Requirements for some colleges are more difficult than others. Some colleges base acceptance on the student’s high school grade point average and or SAT scores. Colleges with difficult admission requirements are not only looking for a student with higher standards, but one that will fit in with the foundation as a whole meaning; Harvard Law School...
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