Similarities and Differences Between High School and College

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College is the continuation of our education, transitioning from a lower institution, high school, to a higher institution, college. Many of the things we learned in high school certainly carry over to college, but there are a few differences as well. Understanding these differences, and combining them with the similarities, will make us more successful at a college level. The biggest difference between college and high school is the shift in responsibility from faculty to the student. College has many more demands on the student. It is up to us, as students, to manage our time, probably for the first time in our lives. Even with the advice and consent of an advisor, we are on our own when making our academic decisions. For example, in college we set our schedule, which is much more open and has much more flexibility than classes in high school. We are able to attend classes whenever we wish in most cases. I had some friends who made sure they would not have to get up before 10 AM for their first class. We can take as many classes as we wish, and can lighten or burden our load as much as it suits our convenience or situation. Taking more classes can help us complete the academic requirements faster; but if we take fewer courses, we can concentrate more time and effort on those classes that are hardest for us. Another difference is the level of discourse in college over that in high school. It is assumed that all the basics of a course are mastered, and that we are proficient in them. The teacher coddles the student less and has higher expectations of us. We must be able to understand and engage with the teacher to be successful. College professors expect us to be able to think outside of the box and apply what we learn to new situations. Finally, another difference is cost. The tuition required for college typically exceeds the tuition we would pay for high schools. A lot of times also, the student will be responsible to pay for school, or at least pay a...
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