My experiences as a junior changed my entire outlook on my role as a student athlete and caused me to reevaluate my perspective on the things that were important to me. When school started on August 26, and all my teachers began to give daily quizzes based on the summer readings, I knew I was in trouble. I started to fall behind due to the amount of time required to complete each assignment, and I had to complete it for all four of my classes. I knew I wasn’t off to a good start of the school year. I was told that when you become a junior that’s when everything starts to get harder and you have to buckle down meaning no time for friends and really no weekend because it was going to require a lot of work, but I was sure that if I got through middle school, 9th and 10th grade that it would be no different than any other grade level class that I had taken already and passed.
In High Schools around the United States scores are getting worse and worse and it’s due to unmotivated teachers who don’t care about the integrity of teaching anymore because it all seems pointless in this current time. You could make a lot more points about High School and its flaws but these ones are the biggest ones that need addressing. From High School to College, a lot of things change. In College you pick your classes, your times, basically everything. You have freedom to do what you like and aren’t held back by counselors and certain start times.
When in high school, there was a sense of urgency to get out of the normal routine and head off to college. The reality when college life hit, was a newfound sense of insecurity that I had not felt since the transition from middle school to high school. Students who attend college away from home are faced with even a greater amount of uncertainty. The other costs not related to financial burden are the physical toll, and no, I am not talking about the pain I felt from my first spin class, although it was painful. The physical toll is based on the change in schedule, the additional homework, the late nights and long walks to and from campus.
You see, not everyone is college material. College is hard, demanding, exhausting, time-consuming and requires a lot of commitment--not everyone is capable of enduring all of that for the length of time it takes to graduate from college. I have also noticed in my counseling that teenagers who are forced to go to college right out of high school often don't take college seriously enough. Generally in that situation, the teenager treats college like it is just an extension of high school. I have seen students go to college because their parents forced them to, then cut classes, not study, do way too much partying, and get poor grades.
Most students see homework as a burden VIII. 7hrs of learning at school is enough extra time spend doing homework after school hours where students should be relaxing and rewinding, builds on stress. IX. Homework prevents students to have a balanced and well rounded lifestyle not just a pure academic life X. The amount of stress homework causes kids is ridiculous, especially when they're already under so much pressure to get into a good college and do well in school, along with making friends and staying active.
I was fortune enough to get into college, so why not take advantage of it, and get the real college experience, since I did not really have that, High school Experience, this was my chance, to make up for it. My main reason for wanting to go to college is that I wanted to have a better life. I didn’t want to live my life, paycheck to paycheck, and worrying about whether or not, I am going to have enough money to pay to keep a roof over my head. My parents never went to college, and while they both have decent jobs, and make Okay money, it’s still would be easier for them, if they had gone to college, but they did not have the opportunity that I did. Not everyone can go to college to better themselves, but I was a lucky one, and I am blessed that I am getting a chance to make a better person out of myself, by going to college.
For example, I wrote down class times and asked my manager at my job if he would be able to work with those times. Going to school and working is hard, but knowing you can handle both things is an amazing feeling. If students don’t work and plan to go to school, they should make sure they take classes at times they will go. I took classes that were very early last semester, and I hardly went. Making sure students have classes at times that they will attend will help them succeed.
The workload of the freshman college student is a drastic change from the workload they experienced while in high school. The radical shift causes major distress for the students. Freshman students experience problems dealing with the academic independence of setting their class schedules and studying times. The stress is extended further as students have to deal with studying harder and for longer hours to prepare for rigorous exams. In addition, the students have to adjust to new and more precise writing styles and expectations required of college professors as opposed to high school teachers.
This is due to the difference in expectations between high school and college. More importantly, college work and papers are due the day that was stated. In high school many teachers extend due dates and are lenient with handing in work late. While professors in college expect work due on the dates due no exceptions. Transitioning from high school to college English is tough for most students because of the expectations in college exceed these in high school.
Studying habits used to be the last minute preparation in high school; yet in college students need more time and study much harder. High school students are told what they need to study. Quite the opposite, college students have to read and understand the materials themselves. Consequently, some differences occur in teachers and professors. Some relationships include things such as teachers and professors still assigning homework, reports, presentation, and giving tests.