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.