During the week I got to have discussions with a few guidance counselors and college reps. One particular guidance counselor informed me that her high school students want to learn a lot more about study skills and she invited me to come hold a study skills seminar at her high school right there on the spot. She went on to say that her high school students are beginning to realize that college may be different than high school and they want to be prepared. Good for them!!
I had another discussion with a college rep who told me that when she was in high school she scored a 28 on the ACT (she even scored a 36 – perfect score – on the Reading section!) and came to college with an academic scholarship. However, she was not able to maintain the required 3.0 cumulative GPA, and she lost her scholarship after her freshman year.
College is way different than high school, so don’t expect things to be as smooth and easy as you might hope. This past year at Harding we had 4 pages of individual students in the freshman class alone who came to Harding with an academic scholarship and lost it because they could not maintain the required 3.0 GPA. The total amount of scholarships lost was over $761,000! I hate that!! I feel so bad for these students and their families and I want to do all I can to help.
The first thing to realize is that college is going to be quite a bit tougher than high school. Next, realize that you don’t have to be a brainiac to do well in college, but you do have to use your time a lot differently than you are probably used to. Invest a little money in some study skills materials and get prepared. It’s amazing how many parents come up to me after my seminars and say, “I wish I would have known this information when I was in college!” If you are a student, you are not as prepared as you think you are. It’s time to change that and get serious about your studies.
Hope you have a fun and productive week!