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Jordan Spillman, an ENMU student, showcases some of the changes you'll see from high school to college.

I am sure we can agree that high school taught us a great deal of information to help us better ourselves and have the correct information to be ready for the real world. Whenever I was in high school, my teachers would constantly tell us, "You couldn't do this in college" or "teachers aren't this lenient." Well, to be honest with you, these statements are both correct, but it isn't as bad as it seems.

Now, I am going to give you my top 3 differences between college and high school:

1. You choose who you are around.

When you are in college, there are plenty of students and different people that you can choose to accompany yourself with. You are not confined to the limitations of different lunch periods or hours. Most of the time, you won't find yourself hanging out with a lot of the people from your class due to the fact that there are so many different people in the school. This is from my experience, and it could definitely be different for someone else. Most of the time, you would have to hang out with people that you have for the same lunchtime, but it is different for college because you aren't forced to eat with the same group of people every day; it will all vary depending on your schedule throughout the day.

2. Hold yourself accountable.

Whenever you were in high school, you constantly have different people telling you what is expected of you and what their definition of success is. In college, you must hold yourself accountable because you will most likely be away from your parents and other individuals that will keep you on the right track. If you end up slacking, there won't someone telling you to go to class every day. My number one motivation to go to class and make sure I do all of my homework has to be the fact that I am paying for college, and no one else is going to be there to hold my hand throughout my journey. This doesn't mean you shouldn't seek out advice from different people; it just means that most of the time, it is going to be you calling the shots.

3. Choose what you want to learn.

In high school, we are forced to learn every subject even if they aren't tied to our future career paths. Once you get to college, you can basically learn anything you want. The type of education you receive is entirely up to you.