So, all you grade 12 students out there are starting to seriously think about attending university next year. It’s hard not to, really. Your parents talk about it all the time . . . your teachers talk about it almost as much . . . heck, even your friends are using the “U” word more than ever.
This is an exciting time for you. A lot of choices to make; new adventures to be had.
Have you stopped to think about what university will be like? How will it be different than high school?
The main thing to remember is that university = more independence. Your professors are not going to remind you about upcoming assignments as much as your high school teachers did. You’ll have to manage your schedule yourself, remember to study yourself, and be responsible for attending class. While your high school teachers may notice when you miss a class, your professors probably won’t think twice about it. At least not in first year, when you’ll likely be in larger classes.
Instead of going into a full-blown panic though, think of this independence as the next step in your life . . . a step that is really exciting! You’ll be totally in control of your educational experience, making decisions that will help you as you morph into that thing your parents are always going on about (“fully functional adult” or something like that?).
To read more about the differences between high school and university, check out this article by a professor at Cape Breton University. Then, come back and tell us what you think about heading off to the ivory tower next year.