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From Boyto Man When I first walked through the gates of Los Banos Pacheco High School, I had such an exuberant feeling that I could not help but to smile and laugh. It was the

beginning of a new start on the road to college and the end of being a kid in grade
school. Meeting all my teachers for the first time was nerve-racking but I knew that

it would be just like meeting

a new teacher

in the 56 grade. Coming to Cal State

Northridge was even more exciting. I felt this newfound f"tilrigtof f.eedom and

responsibility; I thought that I had felt that responsibility from working every day
on my dad's property, but it could

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beginning of a completely new life. I have moved away from home and am Iiving

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roommates. I am no longer under the rules of my parents, but under rules of

my own. College and high school are completely different schools; college puts more

responsibility on the student than high school does,,Somevould say that students in
high school are treated as babies and watch"a.r".yTa'"y, but it still helps you to take
on the great responsibility that college puts on its students.

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Most of the studying techniques that I learned in high school, I of course have

broughtwith me to

CSUN. The

problem is thatthe methods needed to succeed in

college require much more independence than in high school. In my high school

history class, teachers would always write most of their lectures on power points.
This definitely did not help me in college, but it is still an important part of growing
and getting ready for college. Like in Anne Lamott's essay''shitty First

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wroter"tlere may be something great in those six crazy pages thatyou would never
have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means" (Lamott 1). Even though high

school may not have completely prepared me for college it still made the foundation PhPfit, hr that I needed to meke-the change. Every great writer.and athlete had to of started somewhere, and those little league practices or spelling bee's may nothave

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prepared them for the big leagues, but it definitely got them started. In my new

history class, the teacher talks and puts minimal information on her slides. Taking
notes in her class consists of writing down as fast as you can, and having tons to

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read when you get home. High school does not prepare you for the changes in note

taking in college, but the knowledge that I gained from my high school history class
is the most helpful thing of all. History

will never change and for that, I can settle

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In college, reading is everything. If you don't read, a person can fall behind to 3 days behind. In high school it's pretty easy to catch back up, but in college it's not the easiest of things to do. In my high school English class, reading was a daily
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part of the curriculum. Whether it be essays or books, reading literature was very

important. I feel that the amount of reading I did in high school can never compare with the amount in college, but the understanding that reading is an essential part of
school is what I can carry on to college. So many students come into college hoping

that the teachers will be their main motivators to do their homework and read. But
professors enter their new classrooms expecting their students to already have that

drive to do their homework and to succeed without telling them. In high school my
teachers would always remind us of test dates and when homework was due. I was

constantly hammered with reminders that I learned to keep planners and be
organized with what was due in a week and in a month. I have taken this skill and
used it at CSUN. Of course high school is not college, but there are always

little

things that I can incorporate to my new CSUN career.

I feel that all the knowledge and skills that can be useful in college did come

with me to CSUN. The things that did not come with me are the dependability on my
teachers to tell me when homework is due and tests are coming up. Depending on others to do work for you is a high school thing but in college I am responsible for myself, and if I want to succeed,l have to step up my game and depend on myself to
get the task at hand done. Most of my old high school mentality has been brushed r (ltcv O,'d *"' 5;r'th cr ))no away, and I am now entering the new world of adult hoodf Their will always beVr/
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people their to help me even in college, but it feels that they only show you
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that Really in my

high school years, the idea of going to college really began to hit me, my senior y"^r,
and during that time hard work was not on my mind what so ever. I would

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to take my preparation for college more seriously, but not to the point where I

would not forgive my self for making a mistake. From high school to college, is in

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view a lot like a boy becoming a man and absorbing all this knowledge regardless of
the things I didn't learn was just a huge stepping-stone to get me going. Even with these small regrets, I know that it doesn't really matter where you begin, it's where you end, and I plan to end at the peak of my potential.

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work cited

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Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: some Instructions on writing and Life. Newyork: Anchor, 1995. Print