High school and college are different in so many ways. As high school students, it is normal to hear phrases like “You’re going to LOVE college.” and “Don’t worry, college is so much more fun than high school!”, as well as phrases like “Sleep while you can, college is rough.” and “The workload in college is so much harder than high school.”. Because of all of these different tidbits of advice often given to high school students in regards to entering college life, it can be difficult to know what exactly to expect. Here are some ways in which high school life and college life differ.
The workload in high school and the workload in college is drastically different for a couple of reasons. For one, in high school, you know all of those packets of busy work you have to fill out as homework in order to turn into your teacher for a grade? Well, in college, the amount of busy work significantly decreases. College work is much more essay and studying focused, whereas, in high school, it seems like you get homework every night just so a teacher can say that they gave you work.
The tests. Often, in high school, you have regular tests that culminate in part of your final grade. In college, you will more likely encounter a less amount of tests per class. However, the tests in college are more like large exams that tend to take up a lot of time to study for because they are usually a significant chunk of your final grade.
Your schedule. In high school, you have classes from around 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. This varies on the school itself, but most high schools follow a similar time frame. Usually, in high school, students take 7 classes per day. In college, your schedule will look a whole lot different. You have the ability to choose many of your class times and will be taking less than 7 courses, usually. For example, in college, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you could only have one class at 10 am, with the rest of your classes scheduled from 1:00 pm through 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.