The freshmen life: High School and College

Word cloud of the freshmen year in high school and college. Credit: Citlalli Calderon

By Citlalli Calderon ’18

As a freshman in high school it  can feel overwhelming to start a new  journey. Similarly, graduates now attending their freshmen year in college are going through the same process. Ever wondered how stressful it is to start in a new environment and having to adjust to it? Well do not fear because alumni have gone through it and have advice.

Differences between a freshmen and a college student


  • Making Friends
  • Buying School Supplies
  • Excuses to skipping  class
  • Workout plans
  • Attendance


At the beginning of freshman year in high school, it could be great because you start the year with people you know from middle school. High school and college are completely different. Buying school supplies for high school is “the funnest” part of starting as a freshmen because everything is new and you are certain that you will not lose them. In college, you basically spend all of your money on buying just textbooks.

Jamie Matias, freshman, stated, “When I first came to Pritzker, I didn’t know anybody, just a couple of people who I graduated with and come too.”

Skipping classes in high school is simple by pretending to be sick or actually being sick. In college, you can just sleep in and skip class but you will be losing money.

But why would you skip class, knowing you payed to be there in the first place? Many college students think it is fine to skip classes.

Working out in high school is mandatory especially when you are forced to pass a mile, push up test, and curl up test. In college, you have the option to work out or not. Attendance is mandatory in high school How would you describe your experience as a freshmen in high school and now in college?

Alumni, Mario Lopez, at Wilbur Wright, explained how independent one is in college. There is no one there to remind you when your work is due or guide you through your assignments as teachers in high school do so, making sure you get your work done for the next day in class.

Alum, Suzette Suarez, at University of Illinois at Chicago, described, “My first year of high school was very easy because you had teachers telling you what was due next class, but in college it’s your responsibility if you want to get your work done or not.” Suarez explains how much different it is to be in college where nobody tells you to do your work.