Personal Writing: the College Experience

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Personal Writing: The College Experience

The biggest adaptation I have had to make in my life was moving to college. Not only was it totally different from high school in relation to the content of classes and homework, but it was also completely different from my home life. I was living on my own, with new surroundings and new people. Needless to say, this was something like I had never experienced before.

Generally, college classes aren't that much more difficult than high school courses. The big difference is that in college I have to do all of my homework outside of class. There's no study hall in college. I have to take it upon myself to get to the library if needed or ask the necessary questions. Another big difference between high school academics and college academics is the importance of the test. Unlike in high school, where daily assignments can help to pad a 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. 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. There have been many times when I have put off doing an assignment until the night before. 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. Since I don't have a curfew anymore, I feel more independent than I ever have before. I no longer have to worry about coming home late or tell anyone where I'm going to be. Coming home means going back to my own place instead of my parents' house. I don't have to ask anybody if I can do this or that; I can, for the most part, do what I want to do whenever I want. This can...
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