- If you don’t know what the inside of a library looks like as you attend your college orientation, well, you had better become familiar with one in record time.
- If you don’t know how to write a simple 5 paragraph theme as you listen to the orientation speaker, you had better start learning.
Far too many college freshmen have skated their way through high school without applying themselves. The school which they attended found some odd way to pass them from course to course and grade to grade all in the name of showing that they are conforming to “No Child Left Behind“.
The high school teachers are not to blame. They have been and continue to be blackmailed and pressured into passing students who haven’t earned the grade and should retake the course during the summer or the following semester.
But, here you are. A college freshman.
- You didn’t listen to your teachers when they told you time and again to do your own homework and not to copy it from someone else. Arizona has this problem in spades with the ethnic Spanish student population. If you’re one of them and you, now, expect the world to continue to owe you grade after grade- you are fresh out of luck!
- You didn’t listen to your parent(s) when they urged you to study and to leave the cell phone alone. You text messaged on your phone every day in every class instead of paying attention to the lesson at hand, although the school’s well-founded ban on classroom phone use was in effect. Now it’s time to pay the piper.
College is not high school. You will be expected to study and work. The world does not owe you a thing and you will soon find that out if you don’t shape-up and apply yourself.
Understand that you are inheriting a watered down version of higher education designed to accommodate you. There is only so far the system can go, though, and still say that they are giving you a college education.
If you cannot hack today’s college curriculum and perform as a ‘C’ student or better with the minimum 12 credit hours for full-time students, prepare to work at Walmart. Employers won’t want you if you cannot read and write and perform simple arithmetic.
We sincerely hope that this article has made many college freshmen angry enough to go out and prove themselves. Like it or not, if you don’t academically push yourself we will have no need for the illegal immigrants to pick strawberries. We’ll have you.