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Justin’s Answer

College is a very different experience from high school, since you are given much more liberty and responsibility. By this I mean you are allowed to chose your area of study, class schedule, and you will be living away from home. If you are unsure about what you want to pursue you should use your first year to take different classes and find what interests you the most.

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Derek’s Answer

Depends on what you are asking. If you want to know how the college works, they offer programs that people will be willing to pay money for and get people to enroll. If you are asking from the student experience it is similar, you look for something that will help you do what you want to do in the future and you give them your money. Sometimes you have no idea what you want to do and college serves as a great place to figure that stuff out (I personally thing the 18-22 were the most important years in making me who I am). I am also not hung up on college, it could just as easily be the military, a trade school...

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Set both short and long terms goals, then see what you need to do to get there. Everyone's path is different.
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Raphael’s Answer

Similar to high school.

The difference is you pick the days and times you want to take your classes. And you move at the pace you want to. One you get basic classes out of the way you can take whatever courses you want if they go towards your degree or files of study.

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Jordan J’s Answer

Hi Manuel, how college works is actually quite simple. It's essentially a 4 year program designed to help narrow down your interests and your potential careers of your choice. It helps you learn about what you want to learn and shows employers that you have some knowledge and interest in the field that you are pursuing. Overall, your grades are a reflection on how hard you are willing to learn and study pertaining to your career of choice, the better the grades the better it looks to employers. College is also a great way to network and get insight on how to apply for certain jobs and build your resume. It's all one big workshop with the goal of getting you more educated on your particular interests with the hopes of also placing you into that field.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi manuel,

College is a lot like high school in terms of having classes to achieve the goal of getting a diploma. The hardest part of the experience is that there are too many choices. In high school, everyone is having a very similar experience. If you look at your requirements, your friends are doing a lot of what you are doing - a Math class, an English class, an elective. That is not true in college. Every major can have a widely different set of requirements. I think that oddest thing that I struggled with at first was that I didn't have all of my classes every day. In high school, I had the same six or seven classes every day for a semester. In college, you probably have one class three days a week. And some of those classes are in the evening, which I had never done in high school. I would sometimes struggle with what to do during the mornings when I didn't have class, because I had to figure out how to study when I was normally in class. The goal is the same but the structure of how you get to graduation can be confusing. Your schedule will be different every semester which can be stressful, especially if you are working while going through college.

Gloria
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