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In a way is college kind of an extension highschool?

kamenridermachkamenridermach 50 replies29 threads Junior Member
I mean I know of the whole living on campus things which makes me think of boarding school and the harder work,,I know of not having people hold your hand( I take IB) but can college be seen as a highschool extension?
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    If you look at it that way, then EVERYTHING is an an extension of something.

    Dinner is an extension of lunch.

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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    It depends on the college and the high school in question. My D2 is at a top STEM school across the country after graduation from a liberal arts type high school. It could not be more different for her. Some of her classmates go to a local second tier LAC -- for them, I think it is somewhat an extension of high school. They see some of the same classmates, class size and focus is similar, and they can go home when they want to.
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  • WasatchWriterWasatchWriter 2432 replies96 threads Senior Member
    I hear students make that complaint quite frequently. But always from students who did not score well enough on AP tests to place out of GEN ED classes, or who did not dual-enroll in GEN ED classes while still in high school, or who place into remedial classes like pre-algebra.

    Even if students don't place into remedial classes, some schools do a much better job with GEN ED classes than others. Take science courses, for example. One school might offer something really cool, like the chemistry of cooking. Other schools only offer watered-down versions of Intro to Chemistry, which is not very different from the chem you took in high school.

    This is definitely something to consider when looking for colleges.
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  • kamenridermachkamenridermach 50 replies29 threads Junior Member
    How about canadian colleges like queens.
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  • kamenridermachkamenridermach 50 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Or like good colleges
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  • lostaccountlostaccount 5331 replies90 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2015
    I 2nd the idea that it depends on the school. For students whose engagement in high school had more to do with hanging at the mall or talking gossip with friends while hanging in a friend's basement-than it had to do with MUN or Robotics or Olympiad competitions and who go to their own state's public non-flagship schools with the friends they hung out with at the mall (or friend's basement) in high school, college is simply years 13,14,15,and 16. But for serious students who were engaged in academics in high school (meaning the topics studied and the activities in the school rather than gaming for A's), and who don't attend a directional public school in their state, college is very different from that and is filled with opportunities that a high school student has no access to (typically) and college for those students provides access to other scholars who were similarly engaged in high school and are maxing out on taking advantage of the opportunities available in college. I think students at colleges that don't emphasize grades and that fill its classes with high achieving students with an intellectual bent have the greatest chance for such a college experience.
    edited December 2015
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  • kamenridermachkamenridermach 50 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Well I go to an IB international private school in SA, how different would that be?
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7240 replies70 threads Senior Member
    It depends on the college that you go to, and how you approach it. As @intparent mentioned a lot of second tier colleges are a lot like the more academic secondary schools.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33606 replies769 threads Senior Member
    Sure, in that it is a continuation of your education.
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  • ButtergreenButtergreen 29 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Eh, it depends.
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  • lvvcsflvvcsf 2401 replies58 threads Senior Member
    There are major differences. First is independence. You will have fewer classes and typically will not attend every class everyday. No one will be calling your parents if you don't show up for class or do your homework and they won't be sharing grades. Normally homework is to prepare you, not a way to shore up a grade and if it is graded it will carry far less weight than it did in HS. You will be tested on things never covered in class and it will be expected that you are studying the book (assuming you have one). Your classes can be a lot larger (courses that nearly every freshmen take) or a lot smaller (courses in later years specific to your major). In HS most students are taking some version of a certain subjects whether it be math, english, science or art. In college especially by your junior year you and your peers can be studying very different topics.

    Of course if you live on campus that is a new dynamic. You will need to learn to deal with roommates, their significant others, professors, TAs, advisers, and potential employers. By your junior year you will likely have your first apartment, and be preparing your own food.

    There will be opportunities you didn't imagine in HS, such as study abroad, internships, research, clubs, sports, etc. You will be competing with students who are all at a similar level in most cases. Students who are in the top 10% of their HS class can end up being very average in college.On the other hand students can often find themselves and succeed in ways they never did in HS.

    The similarity is that you are there to learn. They may do some coddling of you freshman year but after that you quickly realize they expect you to become the adult you are.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    None of us know what your high school is like. The mix of nationalities, the class size, whether your planned major is something you are already heavily involved in coursework and ECs for, the size of your school as a whole, how rigorous the work is, the intellectual quality of your peers and teachers. High schools vary as much as colleges do. And "good colleges" is such a vague term. Princeton, Pomona, Caltech, and Berkeley are all "good colleges", but your experience would be quite different between them.
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  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather 8774 replies212 threads Senior Member
    There's no universal college experience by any means, so I can only comment on my own. I'm a commuter and my parents support me, so I don't think I've gained a lot of independence. However, I went to a small public high school and now I go to a research university, so the environment and the expectations are a lot different.
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  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 4179 replies30 threads Senior Member
    Whether or not you think it is an extension of high school has to do with your mindset and your experiences. In America, college is in many respects a form of "gradual release" into adulthood. It is a semi-structured environment, less structured than most high schools, and a transitional environment from living at home to living completely on your own. If you go into it with a positive mindset and are open to learning what the whole experience is there to teach you then you probably won't feel like it is the same as high school, but if you go into it thinking that it is just high school redone, you risk missing those opportunitites.
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  • MandalorianMandalorian 1739 replies14 threads Senior Member
    It is in some ways. You still have homework, exams, teachers, classes, backpacks, etc. It's not the real world yet.
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  • preamble1776preamble1776 4398 replies332 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2015
    Depends on your circumstances - the location of the school (urban, suburban, rural, overseas, etc), your living situation (commuter, on-campus, off-campus apartment, etc.) your involvement in extracurricular activities + athletics, your field of study, and so on and so forth.

    Example: If you're from a small, rural public school in Iowa and you go out to NYC to study theatre at NYU, the contrast between the two experiences is probably going to be far more dramatic than a student from that same high school attending the local community college or commuter school 5 miles away.
    edited December 2015
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    I know a fair number of adults who still carry backpacks to work in the "real world". Heck, Josh Lyman carried one in The West Wing. :)
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  • umcoe16umcoe16 704 replies1 threads Member
    You cannot assume that college will be just like high school. It will be a much heavier workload. Exams will weigh more heavily on your grade. Courses will be at a much faster pace. You will have to be more responsible for your own learning. Your college GPA is likely going to be lower than your high school GPA.

    When you start college, your classmates' academic performance in high school will be similar to yours. If you got mostly A's in high school, so did mostly everybody else who goes to your college. Not everybody will be getting A's in college. You may feel depressed when getting B's and below if you were a mostly A high school student, but you will have to adjust to the fact that a B+ is a good grade and a 3.5+ is a good GPA in college.
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  • EarlVanDornEarlVanDorn 1200 replies87 threads Senior Member
    Although I have good friends from high school, I really hated the whole experience. It's a lot like being in jail.

    I loved college. There are so many people, that you can actually find people with whom you share a lot in common. For me it was the first time in my life to have a large group of friends who shared my interests and values. And in college you are in control of your time and life, for the most part.

    Just think of it as hell vs. heaven.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80222 replies720 threads Senior Member
    Academically, you will see the following differences:

    * You will be much more responsible for your own academic performance in college. Your teachers will expect you to be self-motivated, and will do far less things to make sure that you do not fall behind, like in high school (e.g. tracking attendance, more frequent smaller assignments, etc.).
    * At most colleges, there will be far fewer common courses that most students take. Your courses will be based heavily on your major and interests, which may be disjoint from those of many other students, whom you may never see in the same courses.

    Socially, it depends a lot on your high school and college. However, the major difference, at least in the US, is that many college students who go to college right after high school will be transitioning to legal adulthood in most respects (except for purchase and possession of alcoholic beverages, which must wait until senior year for most traditional college students, although restrictions are widely ignored) at around the time they enter college. Some will be living away from their parents (or boarding school supervision) for the first time, so they must manage the rights and responsibilities that are new to them on their own.
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