Difference Between High School and College

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Lauren Joyce
Mrs. Castore
WRT 040
04/20/2013

There are many differences between high school and college. Majority of the students don’t prepare themselves for the drastic change. Because students don’t prepare themselves a lot of them undergo stress which forces them to repeat courses, fail or drop out. Some of the differences include finances, social aspect and schedules. There are financial differences between high school and college. In high school I didn’t have to pay for classes, transportation and books. But in college this differs, college students must work and take out student loans just to pay for classes and books. For example, I wasn’t approved for financial aid and had to pay out of pocket over two thousand dollars for three classes. Tuition is extremely expense, and seems to be raising every semester when I go to register. With tuition increasing I have to work a full time job. This is very difficult sometimes especially around mid-terms and finals. It causes a lot of stress trying to juggle all the things required and study especially when I take several courses a semester. Transportation is also different between high school and college. High school buses are provided to students. In senior year, a high school student could drive to school if they had their own car. The majority of kids ride the bus. In college I need to have my own car which include the expenses of a loan payment, maintenance, car insurance and gas. Another difference between high school and college is the social aspect. In high school, I went to classes with people that I had been enrolled with since kindergarten. For example, in high school I had friends that I saw every day and attend social activities such as prom or after school functions. When I attended high school there were a lot more “clicks”. Students stuck with people that liked or agreed on the same topics. In college I don’t know who is in my...
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