How College is Different from High School

Recently, I had a conversation with a student in high school. She was telling me how they are learning the writing format MLA. This made me think back to my days in high school when I learned this information and compared it to how my experience is in college now. In high school, the teachers would go step by step showing you how to create the proper header, cite your sources properly, and have a proper works cited page. Now that I am in college, it is much different. First of all, in high school, I was only introduced to the style of MLA. Now in college, I have been introduced to many more styles, such as APA, which I had to research how to do many of the specifics on my own. Compared to high school, in college, you are much more independent and expected to be able to many things on your own free time.

Another way you will notice that college is much different from high school is the amount of studying needed for classes. When I was in high school, a half hour of studying for a test would earn me an A. In college, I find myself studying for hours each day to earn the grades that I get. It can be somewhat of a shock for students at the beginning because they expect college to just be a continuation of high school. The truth is, it is much different. Even though it is different, that doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. You just have to focus and take it seriously.

Abby, student blogger

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