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Karla Ferreiras
Jason Pistorino
College 101
December 11, 2011
My First Semester at CW Post

The biggest adaption I have had to make in my life was moving away for college. Not only is it totally different from old high school in relation to the contents of classes and homework, but also completely different from my life back at home in the Manhattan. Living on my own, coming in as a freshman, and also coming in not knowing anyone was very hard to adapt to, needless to say, this was something like I had never experienced before.

College classes are not that much more difficult than high school courses, the only difference is that in college I have to do all of my homework outside of class. I have to take it upon myself to get to the library if needed or meet teachers during their office hours. Another big difference between high school and college is the importance of the each test. Unlike in high school, where daily assignments can help bring up your grade, the main source of grading in college is the test. With possibly only three tests per semester in certain classes, I am under a heavy burden to do well on each test. Also, with all of the independence I now have, homework and studying are not always my first priorities here in college. I would much rather spend time with my friends, watch television, or go to a party than do my schoolwork. I have found that all the distractions that are present in college life lead to procrastinating, and procrastination leads to stress. There have been many times when I have put off doing an assignment until the night before the assignment was due. It is obvious that as a college student, I have had to adapt to a whole new style of learning. Another thing that I have had to adapt to is living on my own without having my parents looking out for me. Since I do not have a curfew anymore, I feel more independent than I ever have before. I no longer have to worry about coming home too late or telling anyone where I'm...
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