HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE (Required Blog Entry#8.1: Comparison and Contrast)

Sure, both are institutions built specifically — but not solely — for educational purposes. But on retrospect high school and college are very much different as they are identical. They may exhibit exemplar archetypes that may or not affect our very way of thinking as well as influence our own cultural state of being, in their own different ways.

        For one, in high school we are taught to always follow directions. For the most part what we’ll be doing is nothing but following instructions set for us by others. This may give us a limited sense of independence, which may impede our notion to explore. Before each school year starts, the guidance will usually give us the schedule for our set of subjects. Classes are usually for the whole week, five times a week. This can be attributed to deeper relationships between friends and classmates. High school students tend to be friend-oriented, gig-oriented, and pleasure-oriented because of this. Encapsulating high school, it is safe to say that it is more dedicated in making long-term friendships and joyful memories as opposes to actually prioritizing education.

        College, on the other hand, does not have a clear set of instructions. In fact one of the questions that puzzle me on my first week in college is when our professor—the word teacher is no longer preferred as its job is replaced by the word professor—asked the class to say what for us college is. Having no set of guidelines, college is basically anarchistic, but efficient, as it gives students wider sense of independence to explore and be adventurous on their own ways. But this independence does not come without its inherent responsibility. No one will be making your schedule for you, so that means it is up for yourself to strategies how you’ll be facing the semester—in college, school years are also divided by semesters, or for some trimesters. This includes classes that are only offered once, twice or thrice a week (TTh, WF, or MFT). As a result, bonds between classmates can be superficial, relationships can be tentative, and friendships can be short-lived. With minimal connectivity, it is harder to make friends under such circumstances prompting college to be academic-oriented, with students having  almost nothing to take their concentration from education. Friendships and pleasurable gigs or hangouts are hypocritically ranked under education. To say, colleges are educational institutions that promotes individuality and independence affiliated with responsibility that is education-centered, which can also be attribute as a causality or perhaps as a feedback mechanism as to why most people in colleges are study-oriented, anxious, and are already apprehensively  planning for their future in the ‘real world’.

Prompts for Comparison and Contrast:
Please choose two and write at least a paragraph for each.
a. Compare and contrast your real self with your ideal self.
b. C&C a novel with its film adaptation.
c. C&C Metro Manila with your hometown.
d. High school vs. College
e. C&C two candidates for public office
f. C&C two super-villains
g. C&C two hobbies
h. C&C two famous celebrities
i C&C love courtship of two different generations or cultures
j. Free topic: you may compare and contrast any two items, ideas, events, etc.

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