Resources and Opportunities
I am currently on my way to the University of Chicago where I will spend four years in a freezing climate, cuddling with books, staying up late at night working on research papers, and studying the effects of sleep deprivation and caffeine. Other than the weather and lack of parental supervision, my journey through college sounds very similar to high school. But there is one big difference I feel I missed: resources and opportunities.
I am an enthusiastic policy debater. However, my high school never had a debate program. Moreover, my high school never had any research databases, academic journals, or any resources that would help me in my debate career. I had to borrow my brother’s college student account to access all the research I wanted. But it’s not just research that makes college different from high school. In fact, there are a lot more resources in college than I could ever find in high school.
Internships, study abroad programs, networking, research with professors, these are all opportunities that college offers and the only thing that we students need to do is take advantage of them. The greatest difference between high school and college is that in college we choose our own path, and whatever path that is, we are granted a vast array of resources and opportunities that high school could never offer. So don’t let these next four years pass by without experiencing all the opportunities that college truly has to offer. I know I won’t.