Graduation Speech : High School

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Since the transition from grade school to middle school, students have been taught about college and how to be prepared for it: study hard, participate in extra curricular activities, and always do your best. Many high school students, towards the end of their senior year, have college applications sent in, scholarships applied for, and likely some money in the bank. When they receive their acceptance letters, however, many are not fully prepared for the years of college ahead of them and what all life after high school will ask of them. Many problems that students encounter in high school can transfer with them to college, and get piled up with new responsibilities as well. Future college students will have a better experience if they fight procrastination, find balance between new responsibilities, and keep stress at a minimum. New college students are faced with many new changes, one of them being the increased homework load. In high school, many teachers are careful about the amounts of homework they give students, and are lenient about deadlines and accepting late work, but in college, professors are likely to be more strict. Midterms and finals are sometimes make-or-break, much more so than high school tests and quizzes. Thus, students would find it helpful to learn better studying habits, such as practicing with a problem to create a deeper understanding, referred to as “chunking” (“10 Rules”). The college student stereotype is to be up the night before the final studying until 2am, but that is an unhealthy habit. If a student is still studying at 2am, they are less likely to have learned the material, and they won’t get enough sleep to allow their brain to retain it. “Chunking,” however, makes it so that a student’s brain... ... middle of paper ... ...ne of the most important parts of learning material is being able to focus and pay attention when the material is first presented to you, which may become more difficult as students continue to experience the stress caused by college. These problems can be minimized by the study habits mentioned previously, such as “recall” and “chunking” (“10 Rules”) Students must take initiative in their academic career in order to learn and be successful later in life. College is an opportunity to experience new things: new people, new places, new responsibilities, new successes. Many of the challenges faced in the transition from high school may seem overwhelming, but with the right approach, they will likely be successful. Good study habits, combined with time management and support, can help a student reach their full potential in the transition from high school to college.
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