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    High School or College?

    For those of you who are in college now, do you like college better or High School?

    I recently started college and it wasn't exactly as fun as people make it out to be. Of course you have much more free time but you get alot more work too. College for me started off slow and now it's starting to pick up. I like it but it is no where near as awsome as High School was for me. Especially my senior year. I guess it's because i had tons of great friends in HS and we hung around alot. And the classes were pretty easy and fun for me. I so much miss HS. My senior year was the best year of my life. Now i can't go back and i don't even get to see my friends anymore.

    So yeah, college is okey at the moment. I need more time to get use to it I will probably come to like it soon.

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    Chin up, kiddo, you're barely one month in. You've also gone from being a top-of-the-heap senior to being a freshman again. If you think this is a culture shock, wait until you get into the real world.


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    Life, my young lycanthrope, is full of these saw tooth events, where you slowly rise to dominance in one venue, only to go to the bottom of the next. It is a life cycle in many societies. You're going to head into your senior year with vast amounts of certainty (not the same as knowledge), a confidence gland the size of a football, and hair growing in places you didn't know you had. Once you start realizing that you're cruising toward Real World Chasm, the old sphincter is going to start constricting to diamond-class pressures and you'll once again find yourself not digging leaving college.

    My advice? Don't. Either become a perennial student or become a professor. Most (but not all) of them don't have to deal with the real world and are free to develop opinions completely unrelated to it.

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    I would go back to high school in an instant. It's something about having no responsibilities, slacking off, and seeing friends that you have known all your life every day. I had better relationships with friends and teachers back in highschool.

    When i first started college, i was scared and wasn't really very social. But i decided to open up more and now I am having a blast with it. College is one of the best experiences i have gone through, i have a lot more responsibilities, but i can still go hang out until like 2am in the morning and go to class the next day. never again will I be able to do this so I am living it up while i still can.

    once i got out of the dorms it got better, man i hated the dorms

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    I personally hated high school, so college has been a welcome change for me. Being in a new place is nice so you can effectively reinvent yourself (even though I didn't, but merely accepted my nerdiness and am now proud of it).

    Plus, there's something refreshing about hearing your teacher's say "Nobody gives a fuck". I find that I have a much better relationship with my teachers in college than I did with the ones in high school.

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    But I feel ya on the drifting apart bit. For many, that's one of the sad consequences of college. The best you can do is try as hard as you can to stay in touch with your old buddies.

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    Hated high school.

    A little depressed at the start of college, but quickly loved it.

    I felt like the "little pond" was really stifling" then at the "big ocean" I could finally do whatever I wanted.

    In HS there's a limit to what the teachers can teach you, it's from a curriculum. In college it's possible to actually expand the field you're working in, and become beneficial to society.

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    Not attending college so I can't submit much

    But for those of us who never got to hang out with friends, or who didn't slack off during HS, any kind of change is a welcome one (for the most part). I'm living on my own 1200 miles away from anyone I know (aside from my boss) and I am loving every second of it. I would take all the hard work I put into highschool doubled to be doing what I am doing instead of going to college. While I haven't quite yet entered the real world, and do plan on going to college eventually, I think this experience is of much more value than staying with my parents for another how many years. The transition from a stagnating place to a place of freedom is an incredible experience. I'm sure college is anything but stagnating, but if it means staying with my parents any longer, it might as well be.
    (Not to say that parents are bad, by any means; but often you fail to explore parts of your self (PSYCHOLOGICALLY) as freely as you do when you are on your own. While independence is scary, it is also a very educational experience.)

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    advice for first semester of college.

    Be as social as possible. Get everyones name. Say hi. Be friendly.

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    I like freshman year in college because I can draw in class and have paper ball wars with my friends and still get good grades. Enjoy it dude...while you can...

    Take advantage of classes that you can pass with your eyes closed (ie basic subjects, highschool recaps), free life drawing session right there.

    In my case, the only thing that sucks is that all of our projects are groupwork projects, so you dont really work on it during class and you end up staying awake til God knows what time just working with your group anyway. And we get a lot of them.

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    I like freshman year in college because I can draw in class and have paper ball wars with my friends and still get good grades. Enjoy it dude...while you can...
    Take advantage of classes that you can pass with your eyes closed (ie basic subjects, highschool recaps), free life drawing session right there.
    Is college in america something like university in europe? Because university leaves no time to sleep (or draw).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmptyMan View Post
    Is college in america something like university in europe? Because university leaves no time to sleep (or draw).
    actually I dont go to college in america,and I think I can only do this during my freshman year, where my class requires me to take subjects Ive taken in highschool before.
    During some of my classes, sometimes our teacher doesnt even review the lesson,we are given a topic and the class is put into groups and the next week we are scheduled to report. Its during those times that I draw or read books. Because my teacher is probably the only one listening and is making rather silly critique about the content at that time. So what me and my friends do i just find books in the library or her handouts to study.
    I feel its quite silly to go through these subjects, mainly their either to give you a taste of college or whatever. We only have 1 art related class this whole year.So as much as I can i try to draw. Homework takes up a lot of time if theyre projects,were up sometimes as early as 4 am making slideshows, reports, etc.
    Some colleges in america are like this though or so I hear...

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    My experience has been kind of similar to a lot of the other posters here. I'm a freshman in college, just over two months in. I like it a lot, the freedom is great, and while there is a ton of work I'm learning a lot too. I've also found that people are a bit less judgmental in college, and people from different social "groups" are a bit more likely to hang out together, which is cool.

    The only reason I don't love college so far, is that I miss my best friends. I'm making lots of good friends here but the bonds aren't going to be the same as they are with people you've known since you were 2 or 3 and grew up with. Now I only get to talk to them over AIM, instead of seeing them basically every day.

    Still, in terms of the overall experience, I think college has a lot more to offer. I just miss the comfort of highschool, but I also know like others have said, I didn't like highschool that much my freshman and sophomore years. So I'll give it more time.

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    I've always wanted to know what is a college and what is a high school. Because in spain we have only one kind of secondary school before going to university or getting a job

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    alright euro' folks listen up, here's the basic rundown of the American school system (it changes a bit in some phases depending on school district)

    elementary school
    : grades 1-6. started typically at age 5. each year is a new grade. not too tricky. sometimes elementary is grades 1-5, or grades 1-7, etc.

    middle school: grades 7-8. kids are typically 12-14 years old. the boys are on that verge of puberty stage and all the girls have soft tits growing in their shirts. (sometimes grades 6-8, blah blah)

    high school: grades 9-12, ages 14-18 and hopefully not much older than that. even though every high-school has that one twenty-something year old guy who can legally drink and has like four kids. the years are called freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior respectively.

    at this point youre 18 and entitled to all sorts of fun in the US. you can buy a gun, buy/star in pornography, use tobacco legally, get drafted and have your ass killed in war, and vote if youre a pussy. youre also considered by most legal court standards an 'adult'. so you can enter the work-force and get a job or go onto 'higher education' via college.

    college: this is the time frame a lot of shitty hollywood movies are based around, as it has a lot of stereotypes of endless fucking with anonymous partners. also if you havent tried every illegal substance known to mankind, you can probably find someone at college willing to let you try it. a plus is that if you feel like switch-hitting for a few runs you can go homosexual and fuck around with a partner of the same sex and claim it was just "college experimentations", it's par for the course, or so we're lead to believe.

    college is (in most cases) 4 years, or if your name is Grief you'll take every damn art class available and all the professors will be all "when the hell are you leaving, shouldnt you have graduated about three years ago?". anyway the four years are named the same thing as in high-school: freshman, sophomore, etc. after you finish with college (your undergraduate studies) you can go on to several routes. it gets murky dependng on the titles of 'advanced' studies. for art you'll probably look into getting a BFA, or you can say 'fuck it' and just go get your MFA (since BFA isnt a prerequisite for a masters degree). i think if you toil around at universities for more than a decade you adopt the title of doctorate in art. all that stuff you hear about writing a thesis on a topic of concentration in a field is bullshit.

    most colleges (universities) offer graduate studies to milk more money out of fools who feel the need to be in classrooms to validify their education.

    did i mention that all schooling after high-school is really expensive? like, 'holy-fuck no one can afford this, i'm going to be in debt until i'm 80' expensive. all education up until college is free via public schooling (unless your parents are snooty bastards and want to turn you into a snooty bastard then you'll go to a private school, or worse be home-schooled. home-schooled kids tend to be fucked up, they'll brag about reading the dictionary one sumer when they were eleven like its some sort of accomplishment. they miss out on public school teaching you about using alka-seltzer to enhance oral sex, or putting tabasco sauce up your ass to achieve an instant erection, and important stuff like that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grief View Post
    putting tabasco sauce up your ass to achieve an instant erection
    Really? You're not kidding?

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    I'm a freshmen in high school. Let tell you that there is a lot of pressure from parents, teachers, and other students to do well and it's REALLY nerve racking and stress full. I think that most people think that it will determen (I don't know how to spell the word and spell check has no idea what I'm saying...) their future as it makes the most difference in colleges decisions. That's how I feel anyway...

    In my short life the best year of my life was 5th grade and the worst 6th. My 5th grade teacher was my favorite teacher, the combination of a new school, crappy teachers, mean class mates, and puberty I wanted to kill myself...

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