College is the hardest part of life

By Jonathan Oriuhela ’20

College is a very important step in someone’s life. College could bring you many good essentials in your career but could also bring many downfalls. 

College could stress people out because of how much it can affect them and their future, or family, students could get overwhelmed by the new transition, and the diversity they are going to experience.

The Stressful part of College

Students get stressed because of many things, one of them being academic success. Classes are inconsistent compared to middle school or high school because of the workload they receive. Students stress over grades because they “can impact class ranking, graduate school acceptance, future financial aid, and possible job offers”. I believe that keeping stable grades is very critical because that follows you everywhere: from middle school to high school and then to college. 

Another reason why students get stressed over college decisions is because of how much it costs. Some students might be thinking “Damn, I need to get a job so I can afford [to pay] for college.” Because of the money, some students do not even see college as an option because they can not afford it or because they do not want to deal with the stress of having to pay loans afterward. 

 The new transition to College 

New upcoming freshmen in college are probably going to be confused on their first few days because they have to accommodate to a new living environment. From middle school to high school, the transition for me was a challenge because I did not know where to go. A difference could be class size, diversity, and procedures, for example. 

Not only that, but having to make new friends in a whole new world could be challenging for some. For those who are antisocial or do not like to talk a lot to others could feel lonely or left out during college. This loneliness could eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and even suicide. College is supposed to be a fun experience, in my opinion, because you get more freedom and flexibility than what you had in high school. Once a person goes into college, teachers change dramatically compared to high school. Teachers would only talk and you would have to take notes independently.
Moreover, when a quiz or test arrives, you will have to practice whatever you have done in class because the teacher will not give you anything to review.  As Jaqueline Lopez, a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago stated, “For quizzes, you’re expected to pass them by paying attention in class.” This emphasizes how paying attention in class is very critical if you want to pass. You are on your own when it comes to college, most of the time. 

Why college is actually worth it

Some people might say that college is worth attending because college graduates have a better chance of getting job opportunities.  This means that if one graduates from college, you will get a job that will pay you well. College is not really worth it because it will just drain the life out of someone: mentally and physically. All that hard work that one puts in to get paid low in the future does not really seem motivational for me to keep going. I could easily get a job in welding or construction where I would be earning more than people that sit down all day to earn a fortune.