Pro vs. Con: Did high school prepare you for college?

Pro: Harder high school classes created confidence in classroom

By Megan Powell

Throughout my four years as a student at Roncalli High School, I definitely drove the struggle bus when it came to academics.

Sophomore year, I took World Literature III and not going to lie, I cried a few times within the year. Somehow I managed to stay afloat with a decent grade I could walk away with and accept. When it came to junior year, I definitely took just the required English course.

As the exciting but also scary thought of senior year and leaving my friends drew closer and closer, I knew that I needed to make an effort to start college off strong.

When I had my last scheduling appointment with my counselor, we went over my diploma plan for the final time. To earn a Roncalli Academic Honors Diploma a student had to accumulate 56 credits and take two advanced placement, AP, classes or two dual credit courses within your four years.

I did not take, or want to take, any AP subjects, but I did take three dual credits course that gave me a boost in college credits before I stepped on campus. Coming into Franklin, I already earned 18 college credit hours. Looking back as a recent graduate, I am thankful that I took the challenge of taking level III British Literature, Government, and Spanish.

Attending a private Catholic high school, our curriculum included several religious focused classes. After completing these courses, I feel confident talking about my faith and was able to shape my morals and my outlook on life.

With a college semester completed upon graduation of high school, that has opened my January Term, J-Term, for potential internships.

Not going to lie, I asked myself  “Why did you do this to yourself, Megan?” at least ten times a day.

However, I’m happy that I put in those nine months of hard work because now I can get a head start on doing what I love, journalism.

Con: High school did not prepare me for college

By Caitlin Soard

My high school was small. I graduated with a grand total of about 95 people.

Because of our small size, we lacked a lot of resources that bigger high schools had, and I didn’t think that was a huge deal—until I got to college.

Well, really, it started to become apparent my senior year as I was applying to—and getting denied from—most of my dream colleges. I just didn’t have the extracurricular activities to compete with people from high schools that had thousands of students.

My high school, when I went there offered barely a handful of clubs, two AP courses and sports. If you weren’t involved in one of those things, you weren’t involved in anything. I did as much as I could, and it still wasn’t enough for most colleges.

In addition to not preparing my resume, high school really didn’t prepare me for the level of studying I would have to do. Until college, I’d never needed to actually study—a lot of the time, I barely needed to read the material. I thought I was so smart, but it only took about a month at college for me to realize I’m no smarter than anyone else here.

I think instilling the importance of study skills and resume building is something that’s lacking in a lot of high schools, and I wish mine had focused on those things more, since it would have made my first semester of college much less stressful.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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