Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

Is College Better Than High School?

Everyone always talks about the differences between college and the high school they attended. Since there are so many different high schools and so many different backgrounds, I thought I’d share my take on it before the beginning of the second semester.

A lot of people think college is harder than high school. In some aspects, it is, but when you get down to it, the work is actually easier. Why? For me, I’m no longer taking any “useless” classes, ones that I don’t care about, and will never benefit me in the future. Now I’m taking classes that pique my interest and relate to my career. I’m more involved in class, and much more motivated to complete the work and do well. Not only am I interested in what’s being taught, but I also know that it will help me out sooner rather than later, when I first start looking for a job in my chosen career path. Having different classes every day, and only having the same class once or twice a week definitely makes me more motivated too. It shuffles up my schedule a bit, and makes things less drab and boring. Doing different things every day keeps me on my toes.

In terms of grades, I feel that grading was harsher in high school than it is in college. I get less work in college than I did in grade school, which for some may be a negative, since your final grade is the average of everything you turn in. But for me, it required less effort to perform at the same level as high school. College also introduces “pass/fail” classes, where as the name implies, you either pass or fail. In high school, we didn’t have those, and so every class required a lot of effort to get an A.

College has a lot more activities and events than my high school did, too, which leaves plenty of room to get involved and meet new people. High school had the same boring events every month, whereas CCBC has different events every week. Announcements get sent straight to your email, so you never miss out. We didn’t have that in high school. Activities and events are managed much better in the college setting.

Overall, I would definitely say that college is better than high school. It’s organized better, and the classes are more suited for you specifically (as they should be!).

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Entering the Next Semester

As break comes to a bitter-sweet ending, classes are starting back up with more challenges and work to be done. Most people dread the beginning of a new semester, but the most positive way to look at it is that you are one step closer to your dream.

You made it through last semester, even with struggles along the way and moments of doubt. Last semester made you stronger and more prepared for this semester, even if it does not feel like it. There will always be challenges, but with them, you continue to learn and grow. Some people may have set New Year’s resolutions to get better grades or to concentrate more on school work. This is the time to put that list to work and follow through with your goals. Life may get in the way, but keep going. You owe it to yourself to fulfill your goals and take this step towards your dream.

I hope other students will go into this semester with positivity and confidence to do great things and work hard. Some of us have learned the line between hard-working and over-working from last semester. I hope the experiences and lessons only improve the current semester. Give yourself breaks and time to focus on yourself. Concentrate on your weaknesses and acknowledge your strengths. You finished last semester, that may have seemed almost impossible at the beginning. You can go into this semester confident and finish it knowing you just took another huge step in your life.

-Emma, Student Scholar

Balancing College, Work, and Community Management

I see a lot of posts around the Internet about people trying to balance work and school. Let’s face it, having a job while going to college is pretty common; how else can you afford the dip with your chips?

My situation is a little bit different, though. On top of going to college and having a job, I also manage an online community which has an average of 100-400 people online at any given time. This splits up my time even more and puts more pressure on me to be good at time management. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Being able to manage your time well is a good skill to have, and will probably benefit me a lot in the future.
On days that I work, my schedule typically goes something like this: wake up, go to work, come home, check online forums, game, and applications, do some homework, have dinner, check community again, finish homework, go to bed.
When I have classes, it’s somewhat of the same thing, except I usually check the online forums and communications in between my classes and during lunch.
It’s busier, sure, but I wouldn’t trade it away for anything. I love what I do. It puts a lot of stress on me, and it makes sure that I’m good at managing my time, and that I have a good order of my priorities. I think it benefits me more than anything. There have been times where my boss would ask me why my work quality has decreased, so I had to re-evaluate what I was doing and adjust my priorities a little to make sure I got enough sleep. It’s not easy, but I could be in a much worse position, so I am grateful to be where I am.