This can be used as time where the student should get away from their family and move out, get a job, and pay for their own bills. It is time to learn responsibilities, and that isn’t always cheap. This is a time where social life and academics can clash, so the student needs to learn priorities. It is true this is out of the student’s comfort zone, but it makes settling into college an e... ... middle of paper ... ...ience without taking a gap year. I think if a student isn’t ready for college by their junior year of high school, they should be prepared to take a gap year after they graduate; it will help them out in the long run.
Schools such as Drexel University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University, to name a few, have cooperative education programs through which, as defined on the Northeastern University website, “students alternate between periods of academic study on campus with per... ... middle of paper ... ... Prejudices and their stereotypes travel into realms of daily life in which they are not welcome. While minorities face educational issues from birth, those who are fortunate enough to succeed and obtain the type of collegiate education necessary to better their lives - to work and support themselves and a family- are not always rewarded by their hard work. Even with institutions allowing students to take the next step in preparation for the post-graduate workforce, there are still many roadblocks faced in position advancement by the minority employee. With institutions allowing better workplace preparation, and companies with influence such as Ernst and Young, I believe that in the future education will be the strongest tool that minorities will be given to battle the lingering affects racism and prejudice of the past has scarred our future with today.
Locating and applying for scholarships and financial aid can be confusing for someone who is not familiar with the process to get to college. Early exposure eliminates confusion by making this information available sooner to give students and parents more time to sort through it. The article “Facilitating College Readiness Through Campus Life Experiences” looks at seventh and eighth graders’ involvement in college immersion programs at two anonymous schools. College immersion programs let middle school students spend up to a week on a college campus going to class and participating in different activities. The students in this study attended a financial aid session led by a financial counselor and college students where they received answers to their questions (Schaefer).
What school was I going to spend the next few years of my life at? When the financial aid packages arrived, I was torn between two colleges. After sitting down with my mother and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both schools, I came to my final decision. It seemed like a year ago I was imagining what college life would be like and suddenly before my eyes, I would be a college student in a matter of four months. After attending my summer orientation, I started to adjust to the idea of college life a little bit more.
Most human beings begin college with high expectations of obtaining a degree to become successful in life. Many students are not academically prepared to meet the requirements needed to complete the courses they are enrolled in. The freedom of becoming an adult takes a great toll on the education of new comers to a college. Half of college students are likely to never receive a college degree. Attributes that contribute to a student failing in college is the lack of skills that prepares students for a higher education.
College beginning said to be for everyone, how I value college education, college teaching styles each show some importance. While many students think that a college education should only provide specific job skills, there should be a balance of intellectual development, reading, and critical thinking. College is a place for people to learn a career, but students need to be wary of which one they chose. These past few years and days I have noticed if you have a high school diploma or GED there is a very vague chance of getting a good productive job let alone a career. So some teachers and many other people that are in students lives pressure them to go to college.
Sadly, high school did not prepare students as well as a majority of them thought that it did. New college students are in need of some guidance and a push in the right direction; instead of a push in a direction that is not going to be needed. The freshman, and any other students that are struggling should be focusing on their mental health and organization from school and their life outside of school. Not being able to keep the two separate and organized could greatly affect a student’s mental health, and damage their school work. All Golden West College students should be required to take two semesters of learning how to do things that everyone should learn after they leave high school, such as: how to balance a checkbook, how to do taxes, what a mortgage is, and many more things that they will need to know in life.
Rebekah Nathan’s books, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student, makes one think about different cultures in college and raises a basic question that what is the major reason people come to college? Is it to get a degree? or to party? Or is it to keep the family tradition going? Or simply to start a new chapter in their life?
Student adjustment is a critical issue concerning student retention, because if a student can’t adjust to being a college student then more than likely they will drop out or struggle throughout college to finish. Most, if not all universities realize that the First Year Experience (FYE) is critical to retaining students. Some schools go to great lengths to help their freshman students adjust to being away from home and being a college student. Whether the university chooses to or not the FYE is an important factor in determining the success of a student at that university. While researching the University of South Carolina website, I came across an article titled, “Adjusting to the first Year of College: A Reflection on the Importance of Parental, Peer, and Institutional Support.
The majority of people in the United States will have to get jobs in order to support themselves or their families until retirement. So, you may as well plan to get a good job that pays well and you enjoy. What better place to plan and train for a future job that college? First of all, college provides students with an opportunity to explore different subjects and to find out what they truly love doing. Also, according to a 1994 College Board Study, college students will make an av... ... middle of paper ... ...this, imagine the possibilities of a college education.