Parents & Families
High School vs. College
High school and college have many significant differences. We have outlined many of these differences below to help you further understand the transition your new Golden Eagle may be experiencing.
|Contact is closer & more frequent. Teachers may follow-up with students to see how they're doing academically.
|Faculty members are available by office hours & appointment. Students must take initiative to seek assistance from faculty.
|Academic competition is not as strong and good grades are often achieved with minimum effort.
|Academic competition is much stronger, and minimum effort may produce poor grades. Students must put in a greater effort to achieve.
|Students establish a personal status in academic & social activities based on family & community factors.
|Students can build their status as they wish; status from high school can either be repeated or changed as the student wishes.
|Students can rely on parents, teachers & counselors to help make decisions & give advice. Students must abide by parental boundaries & restrictions.
|Students rely on themselves; they see the results of making their own decisions. It is their responsibility to seek guidance as needed & set their own boundaries.
|Students receive stimulation to achieve or participate from parents, teachers & counselors.
|Students apply their own motivation to their work & activities as they wish.
|Students' freedom is limited. Parents will often help students out of a crisis should one arise.
|Students have much more freedom and must begin to accept responsibility for their own actions.
|There are distractions from school, but these are partially controlled by school & home.
|The opportunity for more distractions exists. Time management becomes more important.
|Students often make value judgments based on parental values.
|Students have the opportunity to see the world through their own lens & begin to develop their own opinions & values.