Skipping class in high school was hard, and if you did, you'd have to answer to your teachers, principal, and your parents. Fortunately, there are far fewer rules in college. So while you might get to skip class whenever you want, now you have to actually pay for it! You're officially an adult, so you'll have to accept the consequences for your actions.
We've put together an entire article about the differences between high school and college, so keep reading!
High school students should be grateful that all of their textbooks are free, because once you get to college, your books are going to cost an arm and a leg. Literally. Forget eating. Those last $300 are going to pay for that new sociology textbook you'll never open.
Remember when I said college students know how to have fun? They do. It never ends. Monday through Sunday, there's a party to attend. I'm convinced that college kids have unlimited energy. If only we could bottle it and sell it...
Falling asleep in high school made you one of the coolest students in class. Falling asleep in college is a complete waste of time and money. If you're not going to pay attention, you might as well stay in bed. No one is forcing you to go to class.
Most high school students never step foot inside their school's library. College students, on the other hand, will eat, sleep, study and hook up in the library. It will basically become an extension of your dorm. And the best place to escape your annoying roommate.
Oboes and girl indie bands were the thing of the future when we were in high school. That means they're the thing of the present in college. You're not only allowed to embrace your unique hobbies and interests in college, but you're encouraged to. It's an exciting new world. Enjoy it.
As a high school student, you know all of your classmates' names and you probably frequently all hang out together. That's all going to change in college. You're lucky if you even know one person in a massive lecture hall.
Remember when it was that easy...and awkward? First you worry about your parents catching you in the act, and then you worry about your college roommate. Actually, no one cares about their roommate seeing anything. It's college!
If you thought teachers gave you a lot of homework in high school, you're definitely in for a surprise when you get to college. Prepare to spend long afternoons and longer nights reading textbooks and writing complex term papers you barely understand.
That's a serious question, asked seriously by serious students...on several SERIOUS occasions. School is an amazing experience, whether you're paying tons of money for it or not. So don't take anything for granted, and make sure you're actually thinking about your future!
College may be harder and more expensive, but at least you get to pick exactly what you study. No more having to sit through boring classes that don't interest you at all. Forging your own path and picking your own classes; that's what college is all about.
In high school, you never had time for naps. You were constantly rushing from one class to the next, and then you either had band practice or a volleyball game after school. In college, you will LIVE on naps. Mostly because you spent too much time partying or pulled an all-nighter to finish your Poli Sci paper. So naps will become your saving grace.
Passing a college class without taking notes is close to impossible. Long gone are the days of sending notes and texting friends while your teacher goes on and on about the War of 1812. If you want good grades in college, you're going to have to pay attention.
Everybody knows about the Freshman 15, and everybody thinks that they're not going to gain it...until they do. That crappy cafeteria food and late night pizza will get you. But mostly, it's all the beer that will make your clothes fit a bit tighter. So. Much. Beer.
Many colleges actually encourage students to study abroad. This means you could spend an entire semester eating real French baguettes or learning how to speak Mandarin. It's rare to find a high school that offers students this kind of cultural experience.
Remember the good old high school days when you were one of the smartest kids in the class? No longer true in college. You'll realize that your peers are just as smart, if not smarter, than you. So you'll have to work hard to keep up.
In high school, you put some serious effort into your outfit choices. And if you repeated an outfit in back-to-back weeks, you'd be mortified. In college, you show up to class in the same sweatshirt and sweatpants every day. And the best part? Nobody freaking cares.