Contrasting College Freedom with High School

Essay by Neria04College, UndergraduateA, May 2005

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Upon attending college for about eight months, I have found that I enjoy being a college student more than being a high school student. In this short amount of time, I have seen that more freedom is allowed to students in college than in high school as far as most of the important decision-making is concerned. Such choices as schedule, attendance, or class selection are a few examples of how college is less restrictive than high school. Because of this educational freedom and having more control over my educational freedom and having more control over my education, I find being a college student more enjoyable than being a high school student.

In addition, high school's control over many decisions that are made for students seems to be more restrictive than college. In my book school was pre-set and can not be changed by the student to fit his needs.

For example, the student's time schedule is set every year. Every student must go the same amount of hours ever year. In my case I had to go to school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. everyday, whether I actually need to or not. I had to spend more time in classes I probably did not need to take but had to fill up my block of time.

Another aspect of high school life that is restrictive is the mandatory attendance policy. In my high school, a failure to be in class for one day would immediately constitute a demerit and a referral to the principal's office, unless a student arrived with a signed doctor's excuse. My high school had such an attendance policy it usually pulled students to class in fear of having to go to detention if they failed to attend.

One final decision that is constrictive...