Differences between high school and college
If it's been a few years since you graduated high school, the thought of going back to school and earning a business degree or signing up for accounting classes might be a little daunting. Don't fret, however - thousands of students return to education after some time out of the loop and go on to earn their degrees and take control of their careers. Still, you may be wondering - what are the major differences between high school and college?
• More work: This one is often the biggest shock for returning students. Sure, college can be an amazing experience and is a real investment in your future, but make no mistake - you'll have to work for it. Even if you were a talented student in high school, you might find you have to put in a few extra hours to maintain good grades at the college level.
• More opportunities: Of course, the upside to having more work is that college offers you a whole new world of things to do, and living the student life is an integral part of the college experience. Ever fancied yourself as an amateur actress? Join the drama club. Do you live for the thrill of winning an argument? The debate team could be a natural fit. Sure, you'll have to work hard, but you can play hard, too.
• Freedom: This is another major difference between high school and college. If you're used to balancing work and a social life, this may not be as big a transition as it is for some students, but many a fresh face has stumbled and missed a deadline because there weren't any teachers hounding them for coursework. The freedom you'll experience can be a double-edged sword - while it affords you the flexibility to fit your studies into your schedule, it also presents tempting opportunities to slack off. Want a tip? Stay focused on why you're going back to school in the first place.
• Choice: One of the best things about college - and a big difference from high school - is the freedom to choose subjects that interest you. Remember sitting through English class, waiting for the bell to ring? You may not have to in college. There will always be classes you're not crazy about, but think about the chance to study something that really interests you - sounds exciting, doesn't it?