College Essay: Preconceived Ideas Of College

1796 Words 8 Pages
Preconceived notions of college As a senior in high school before going to college it is important to distinguish truth between myths regarding the college experience. As one get older they become increasingly excited to move on and go off to college. However, the movies and stories do not put it into the true perspective. It is difficult to comprehend in high school that virtually every action and decision one makes over those four years can either make or break their adjustment to college. Although each individual’s adjustment and thoughts on college differ, the primary attribute that everyone holds in common is, that individuals believe they know what to do and how to adjust. Nonetheless, in the grand scheme of things they …show more content…
Which this is just one example, Hudley states, “others may argue that coming from a bad area has no significant influence on a kids drive to make it to college. In contrast, Jorge discussed a cohort of very supportive friends who served as a protective factor against a negative peer environment in high school and came to college together. I came from a few bad neighborhoods, and most of the people from my high schools are either in jail or started working really early. I’m pretty happy I stayed with my career goals”(Hudley 465-457). Which goes to show it is possible to not let the environment someone grows up in effect their drive to want to go to college. It shows if you are persistent and one has a goal you can achieve it no matter where you grew up.”For high school graduates, 50% from the lowest income households and 79% from the highest income households had enrolled in any college by the October immediately following graduation(National Center for Education Statistics [NCES],2006)” (Hudley 441). This is a significant about of high schoolers that came from less fortunate households. Although the number is little higher for higher income households, it still says a lot about about the drive of teens to get a higher level education. Others may say children of parents that did not attend college, or have a low house hold income rate are in danger of not even attending college.” Low SES …show more content…
Based on these findings, perceived parental support during high school should be related to college freshmen’s adjustment, although results might again differ by ethnicity or first-generation status ( Hudley 443-444). Having a family that supports your choices of majors and your college of choice makes the adjustment to college much easier. Picking a school with your family with you supporting you will make the transition expontionally easier. Families that want to see you succeed will help push you in the right direction if one does not have the drive all themselves to go through college. Another point Hudley brought up was, “ For successful adjustment to college, significant adults during high school matter more than they might imagine” (Hudley 439). The parents we have should have a positive influence on our choices and want to see us do good in school. Having that parent to push you and make you better academically is a huge key to success, our parents will not be there to help us as much in college. By the time we go to college our parents most likely have taught us the importantance of education and have not negatively influenced our choices to go to a higher level of

Related Documents