In my experience high school did not prepare me for college. When I was in high school, I took the same classes every day, which helped me to memorize the materials for each class. In college you have different classes on different days and most of the time you have to teach the material about the class to yourself. College is much more intense than high school. Sometimes the teachers in high school will give you a good grade just for attending their class. In college, you are on your own.
– Alyha Kine
High school prepared me for college in several ways. It taught me the basic fundamentals to being a successful student. For example, turning in quality assignments, time management, following directions, using teamwork, communication towards peers and instructor, organization and more. Everything that is essential for college I learned from prior schooling. I’ve learned from my mistakes and successes in high school which has made me more aware of my decisions academically. I don’t need reminders because I’ve become a self-starter. Although, many students do struggle with having to do things on their own and reminding themselves, a lot of high school instructors do forewarn their students about the attribute they’ll have to gain in order to survive college with good academic standings. I feel that I was well equipped with these qualities when I came out of high school, and college was where I put them to the test.
– Seraphina Coverson
When I think of the different ways high school has prepared me for college I think of the line, “You don’t know what you got, until it’s gone.” I don’t know how many times I wished I could go back and re-learn certain lessons or the amount of times I beat myself up over not paying enough attention in class. Everything from grammar rules to algebra equations or even the proper way to create a resume are just a few of the things that I learned in high school that I probably will carry with me for the rest of my life. In addition to that, high school is where you really learn what kind of student you are and what study techniques work best for you.
– Erin Nicolas
In my opinion, high school did not help with the preparation of college. In high school you were more worried about what dance is happening that weekend or who talked about who. The teachers in high school were so worried about following the curriculum than actually teaching the students what they actually needed to further their education in college. I know it is hard to be a teacher in general because I come from a family of teachers, and I refuse to become one. A teacher in high school, you have so many teenagers who are moody, self conscious and finding any way to fit in. It is frustrating because they teach you how to do algebra or tell what the primary colors are, but fail to teach you how to write out a resume correctly, apply for FASFA, or even how to write in MLA format. High school was just a joke to me, and college is so much more quicker and the teacher could care less if you showed up … All because they get paid regardless if you fail or not. There is no restrictions on learning in college and the work load is demanding. In college, you are an adult and are treated as one, while in high school, you are still catered to as a child. So in conclusion, I believe that high school did not prepare me for the fast pace of college and that college simply isn’t for everyone.
– Debra Barenaba-Setoki
Personally, high school did not prepare me for college in an educational perspective but has prepared me in a sense of remaining social. While in high school, I was one of those many students who depended on the teachers to pass us as we did little to no work. But now that I am in college, the big shift that has forced me to be responsible for my own education is that some professors don’t care if you pass or not. The professors are responsible to teach you, but it is YOUR responsibility whether to take that in and learn from what they are teaching. As far as being social, high school has helped me tremendously by pushing me out of my comfort zone. As I joined multiple clubs and sports in high school such as Polynesian club and the volleyball team. I have learned to make new friends and be open with others in a mature and friendly way.
– Anestacia Carlisle
I would have to say that high school did not prepare me that much for college. I wish they taught us life skills and how to manage our time while in college.
– Lydia Linogon
I did not graduate from high school; it was a rather unpleasant experience for me. I did however, get my GED at the age of 16 and was working full-time at a receptionist job. Although I didn’t graduate from high school, I think getting my GED helped me to lean back to going to college to further my education so I could get a career that I loved, and not just a job that I worked for.
– Leia McCabe
I believe that high school really did prepare me for college. For me, high school gave me the right mindset of keep pushing forward and if you trip and stumble you get back up and keep going. Also many of the core classes such as English and math from high school lead into college classes.
– Keaka‘opio Ferris Reis
High school prepared me for college by making me challenge myself, without putting too much stress on me. It helped me grow as a person, and hopefully college will continue to do that.
– Jacob McGowan