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To The Unprepared College Bound Student

Walking into my first class, I was terrified. The professor looked about as old as me, which I found hilarious. As everyone found their seats, the first thing he said was, “this class is one of the hardest classes on campus, good luck.”

He continued to talk about papers for the semester and mentioned a format called “Chicago Style”, which I had no idea what that was. Luckily, someone else in the class had the same question, he responded by saying, “figure it out yourself, you should have learned that in high school.”

That is when I knew, high school never prepared me for this.

We have almost come the end of another school year for many. Millions upon millions of seniors will be graduating from the respective high schools in the coming month or so. Many seniors will be joining the work force, while the rest will be going off to college. Those seniors will ask themselves, “am I ready for college?” Most will say “yes I am!”, while the truth really is they are not ready at all. That might be scary to think about, but it is not your fault. It is a problem that has been affecting college freshman for years and it is continuing to cripple incoming freshman every year. Do not blame yourself, blame the problem.

As a former high school student, like many of you reading this, I did not feel challenged at all during high school. It was day in and day out of sitting in class, doing meaningless busy work until we had a test every now and then.

In a case study be Vella Goebel and Carrie Schmitt, they explored this problem within our country.

They found that students were being held back by curriculums that do not meet the needs of students and are not challenging enough (Schmitt & Goebel, 2014).

These students are being held back of being challanged and are not able to strive to the next step to be successful due to the limitations of the curriculum.

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In 2012, the ACT released data showing that in the 1.2 million student who took the ACT, more than 1/4 of those students fell short of standards set by the ACT for math, english, science, and reading (Sheehy, 2012)

When Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program is compared to the common core curriculum, “State-level initiatives related to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — may well have helped move the needle in math and science … There is clearly more work to be done,” says Jon Erickson, president of the Education Division at ACT (Sheehy, 2012)

But do not expect immediate changes in our education system. As George Orwell once said, “Some ideas are so stupid only intellectuals will believe them.”