YOUNG VOICES: College is a huge step up from high school

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: College is a huge step up from high schoolBy Jaylen Johnson nwitimes.com
July 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

This summer I’ve been taking classes at Indiana University Bloomington. I am a member of the Groups Scholars Program.

The Groups Scholars Program has about 280 freshman who agreed to start their college careers a little earlier than everyone else. The day I moved into the dorms at IUB was June 15, the day the Groups Program started. Groups is a six-week summer program that lasts until July 27.

The mission statement of Groups is, “The Groups Scholars Program provides specially selected students with information, support and guidance to help them excel in the classroom and beyond. We are here every step of the way -- from the time they complete their application to attend IU until they accept their diploma on graduation day.”

Being accepted into Groups was a huge accomplishment for me. Many students were not accepted into the program. The 280 of us who were admitted into the program were the ones who stood out the most, had the best qualities and showed the most potential.

There was an application you had to fill out to apply to become a member of Groups, and one adult had to recommend you. One of the five short responses you had to answer was, “Discuss how you have persevered through obstacles or adversity in your personal life.”

College and high school are very different. I’ve only been at college for a little over two weeks, but I can tell that college and high school are two diverse things. In high school your classes meet every day, but in college your classes might meet twice or three times during the week.

You are expected to learn the material and be prepared for a test. If you don’t know the information then you should visit your teacher during their office hours. Office hours are a great way to meet your professor and also to get help. There aren’t office hours at high school.

There are study tables and tutoring all the time in college. In college it is not mandatory that you attend. You would attend them as necessary. Also, it has been said you should spend two hours studying per every hour you’re in class.

There is so much freedom in college. As a student, you can pick your classes and what time you will attend them. Also, you have the choice to pick when and what you eat and if you finish your work and/or go to parties. At high school there isn't as much flexibility in classes as in college. You eat at a scheduled time. You are your own person in college and need to use your time wisely.

High school gives you the tools to succeed in college, but in college you must use those tools to be successful.

Jaylen Johnson, of Merrillville, is a 2013 graduate of Calumet New Tech High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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