Merv Simestra wrote:I'm really excited to go because I'm excited to learn what I need to do well at a good job.
You learn so much at college! I think I would like to point out that going to college doesn't always mean you'll get a good job anymore... Sorry if that sounds condescending, but I guess at your age I assumed since I was top of my class and chose an engineering major I'd have no problem. I'd say the job part is the hardest, but that varies wildly from major to major, so be very careful selecting that. I think college gives you a basis for the job, and networks you with companies so you can do an internship or two (or three). Those internships are often the most important part for what actually gets you a job.
Merv Simestra wrote:My parents have already signed me up for community college classes (this is my senior year in high school) so I'll have class time experience before I go off to college.
I did that too! It is a great thing to do. Although for me the classes at the local community college were definitely not up to par with the university I went to, so I don't know how much it prepared me, lol. Of course I was never homeschooled, so it probably makes a bigger difference for you. One mistake I did with community college classes: there were a lot of hoops I had to jump through to make sure the credits transferred right and I missed one of them. I got them to transfer them 100%, but they were all classified as general credits, which are completely useless. But if I'd been successful it would have been great, haha. Cheap credits = best credits. Right now I am planning my little brother's life so he starts community college for free after his sophomore year of highschool and all his credits transfer seamlessly to university... We'll see how that goes, lol.
Merv Simestra wrote:So, quick question. I'm a homeschooler, and I'm familiar with how social life is at a public school (my friends complain about it very often). How different is college social life from public school social life?
Well, I think that depends on what university you go to, to an extent. I remember when I was your age, there was derisive talk in choosing schools about "party schools" (I was a nerd, obv), but EVERY school is going to have partying. You never have to go to parties unless you don't want to, though, so it doesn't matter. Anyway, I went to a very large university, and how that was different from public high school was that since it was so large you could find a niche of kids just like you. And you could join all these different clubs and create your own social circle. I mean, I guess I had a niche in high school, but I guess it's more freeing, and you find people with your interests pretty easily.
But, it depends on the school. My friend went to school in the city, where there is a social life, but not (virtually) exclusively with students. My other friend went to school at a college that was smaller than our high school... and I think for her it was similar to high school except for the partying.
Oh, another difference is that friendships may take on a different role. Instead of seeing each other after school, you may live together, or live down the hall from each other, or down the road. And so, you may see some friends a LOT, and in different contexts than you're used to.
Hope that helps! Sorry I write so much.
Good luck on the essays,