High school teachers hold the hands of their students by checking homework, reminding them of their incomplete assignments and approaching them if they think a student needs help. Once these students get to college, such luxuries are replaced with professors expecting students to initiate contact if they are struggling, expecting them to get class notes from other students when they miss class and expecting them to think about and analyze topics that seem irrelevant.
Considering this, one would think, “Why would anyone pay so much for college, if each student needs to do so much work while the professors seem to do so little?”
Well, keep in mind, high school teachers get paid, too. In the end, taxpayers pay for high school, middle school and elementary school.
The college professors work more than it appears. They may lead in the classroom several hours per week, but they also use up to 25 hours prep time per week, depending on how many classes they teach. Though many professors intended to go into a different career field while in high school, they love their jobs.
Natural and social science professor Marina Brandon said she loves to teach about she loves and thinks it’s amazing “impacting people’s lives in a positive way.”
Students are expected to study one to five hours for every hour they spend in class, varying on the level of difficulty each class presents. Though classes may seem to consume a lot of time, students find that they prefer college to high school because professors are more laid back, the classes are more interesting and the students in class contribute in a positive manner, unlike many rowdy classes in high school.
“In college, students are more focused because we’re paying for their education,” student Heather Nelson says.
Students paying up to $1,200 a quarter for college are often forced to finance their tuition by eliminating more free time to replace with work. However, most would agree that the environment is worth the cost.
“Don’t fail the system, the system won’t fail you,” says student Alicia Smith about becoming successful in life.
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