Ah, yes. The month of March. The month every 4th year high school student has been waiting for. The month where they will finally get their hard-earned diplomas and awards.
However, once you finally graduate high school, the journey of life doesn’t stop there. High school graduates should know that college life is very very very different from their laid-back high school life. The school itself is a different environment, may it be in a state school or a private sector.
To give our graduates a glimpse of their future, here are some the things they should know about college life.
Just because you’re in college now doesn’t mean that all of your classmates will be mature thinkers. Some of them still have that high school mentality and would not cooperate during group activities and may possibly steal your boyfriend behind your back.
In college, you get to pick your own school hours. Depending on your school, you may probably get to pick which subjects you’re going to take this year and how many hours you want to be in school for. Choose your schedules wisely. This is very different from high school where you are given an already set up schedule. Also, there are no flag ceremonies in college.
Back in high school, your teachers will actually teach you how to solve a calculus problem but in college, you are just given a manual and a few review pointers and that’s it. It’s your responsibility as a student to study for your own subjects because the teachers will not spoon-feed you with facts. Sariling sikap ‘to.
Just because you’ve passed your college’s entrance exam, it doesn’t mean that you’re already qualified enough to be a student of that specific school. Teachers will most likely expect more from you compared to your old high school teachers. So study hard!
In high school, you were faced with the numbers 84, 87, and 90 as your grades, but in college, it’s a whole new level of grading. The grade point scale usually starts from 1.00-5.00, depending on your school. Click here for more details.
In college, your parents would be much more confident with you in terms of money. They may give you more allowance than you had when you were in high school.
In high school, curfew is only at 6pm. In college, it’s a whole different curfew. Usual school parties even start at 6pm and end at 9 until 10pm.
Move on from your high school drama about competition and who gets what award. In college, as long as you do it properly and with the proper guidance, you’ll be just fine. Stop thinking about all your haters just because you strive to be the best.
I can personally testify to this. Academics is much more important than your extracurricular activities in college. In college, you are studying for your chosen degree and career path. You should focus on that first before inviting any extra activities into your schedule.
There are a lot of temptations in college. And I mean a lot. Don’t fall into them! Stay focused on your dreams and your future and everything else will follow.