Disparities In College

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It’s the first day of college and you are in your bed. The phone rings next to you. “Honey, wake up! It’s time for school!”
Most college students today do not get calls from their parents to wake them up in the morning, as they are expected to be in charge of their own actions as adults. There is no set schedule or rules to follow, as long as the result is the same, it does not matter how one studies for a test or gets to class on time. This freedom can be terrifying and degrading for some incoming college students. Cited by the American Psychological Association, “between 80 and 95 percent of college students procrastinate on their schoolwork” (bluebanner). These select college students are unaware of how to organize their priorities, resulting
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High school never had these prolonged gaps. In fact, the longest gap would be at lunch, in which the students knew exactly what they should be doing: eating lunch! College students spend their time finishing that essay that is due the next class instead of preparing for the lecture during their extended breaks. An organized college student would have finished that essay, days before it was due. With the essay finished, one could organize their time more efficiently to prepare them for class. College students struggle with preparing for each class correctly. By being unprepared, they do not have the utilitarian background information needed to understand the concepts brought up in the lecture. “It’s not easy to sit through a long lecture,” Jimmy Orr, a college student notes. “When it 's for an hour, you kind of zone out for a little bit” (americanradioworks ). The average lecture at San Francisco State University will last anywhere from one to three hours long. When a student does not have any prior knowledge of the lecture, paying attention becomes more and more difficult as time goes on. Plus, a student could use that time to make sure he has everything in order for the class to go smoothly, instead of waiting until the last minute to get his work in …show more content…
They seem to not understand the importance of coming to class on time. Back in high school, if you did not show up to class on time, then you were going to fail. Freshmen college students adore the freedom college provides, by which some professors will not grade them on attendance. A recent survey I performed included 62 Freshmen students at San Francisco State University, in which they were asked, “How often are you late to class?” Three replied “always,” a studious 25 replied “never,” and a whopping 34 declared “sometimes.” Incoming freshmen struggle with the transition from a structured high school life to a wobbly independent college schedule due to the freedom college invokes. New college students are unaware of the consequences of being late to class and the responsibilities they hold with their independent freedom from home. College professors are known for not including consequences concerning attendance in their syllabi, leaving the students to handle their own personal consequences of not showing up on time. The beginning of class is the same as the beginning of a book. The first few pages are where the reader will gain background knowledge in order to understand the text better. By missing the first ten minutes of class, the student will have a hard time engaging himself in the lecture. Additionally, the student will miss out on connecting

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