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THE DIFFERENCES: HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE PERSONAL FREEDOM ... IN HIGH SCHOOL ... IN COLLEGE High School is mandatory and free (unless you choose other options). College is voluntary and expensive . Your time is usually structured by others (parents and/or teachers). You manage your own time. You need permission to participate in co-curricular activities. You must decide whether to participate in co- curricular activities. You need money for special purchases or events. You need money to pay for basic necessities. You can depend on your parents and teachers to remind you of your responsibilities and help you set priorities. You will be faced with many moral and ethical decisions you have not previously had to face. You must balance your responsibilities and set priorities. All correspondence is addressed to your parents. They read it and tell you what you need to know. All correspondence will be addressed to you. You must read all your mail, as you will be responsible for its content. Guiding Principle: You will usually be told what your responsibilities are and corrected if your behavior is out of line. Guiding Principle: You are now responsible for what you do and what you don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions. CLASSES
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Every day you proceed from one class directly to another. You often have hours between classes; class times vary throughout the day and evening. You spend 6 hours a day-30 hours per week-in class. You spend 12 to 16 hours each week in class. The school year is 26 weeks long; some classes extend over both semesters and some do not. The academic year is divided into two separate 14- week semesters, plus a week after each semester for exams. Most of your classes are arranged for you. You arrange your own schedule in consultation with your academic adviser. Schedules may seem lighter than they are. Teachers carefully monitor attendance.
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