Pros And Cons Of College Preparation

College Prepared or Not Prepared

As a high school junior I think about college somewhat frequently. In a few years I will be starting college with the rest of my grade, but I didn’t realize that just 46 percent of Americans complete college once they start, according to, the article, “Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?” updated on March 29, 2010 by Jordan Weissmann. This would mean more people drop out than finish their degree. I started to wonder “why are students so unsuccessful?” (Rhetorical Question) I think that it has something to do with the fact that they are unprepared.
There is a problem that today’s high school students are not properly prepared for college, resulting in unhappy and unsuccessful students. On,
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I think the pros of taking advanced courses are not limited to the college credit that can be earned. I think it is more important to be exposed to the higher-level classes while in still in high school, because it will make college easier. (Dependent clause) By challenging yourself now you can have a little bit less stress in college. (Pronouns to address the audience) If you complete enough credits in high school you may have some extra credits in college to double major or minor in something that interests you. If you take a college level class in high school, then you are starting to already develop your college level skills before you even start college. That can be seen as a huge advantage when you are taking challenging courses after high school. An added bonus of taking the advanced classes is that if you do well, then you could save thousands in tuition costs and, it will boost your college application. The College Board stated that just as not all students are ready for college, not all high school students are ready for AP, and greater emphasis needs to be placed on preparing students in the pre-AP years (typically grades 6-10) for the rigors of AP. Students that want to go to a four-year college need to …show more content…
Hundreds of my peers express that they want to be doctors or engineers. (Hyperbole) For example, in my speech class we did a speech where you had to bring in items representing your future. I have about 28 kids in my class and about 9 of them brought in stethoscopes saying they want to be a doctor. Now they can do whatever they dream of doing and that is great for them, but not all of them will probably accomplish that big goal. I think they will get to college and then realize it might not be a good idea. If they take some classes like AP Calculus or AP Chemistry in high school then they can figure out sooner rather then later that their plans might need to be changed a bit. If someone cannot stand calculus in high school then they probably do not want to take four or five harder calculus classes in college to become an engineer. You do not have to take six AP classes in high school, but I think everyone that wants to go to a four-year schools should take at least one or two college preparatory classes in subjects that interest them, to better prepare them for

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