Preparing for College

High School Grads: Ready for College?

The sounds of graduation parties echo throughout the land. Many happy high school graduates are enjoying their congratulations, gifts, and looking forward to a summer when they dream about all the impending adventures awaiting them in college. It's a heady time.

Other grads anticipate moving directly into the workforce, having gained an inventory of practical skills that will allow them to earn a paycheck immediately, without having to acquire college credentials first. Still others will go on to serve our nation in the armed forces, which, in today's world, can be risky business.

For those graduates heading to college, though, I have a question: Are you prepared to do college-level work? You may think that my question is asinine. “Of course I'm ready!" you're thinking. “I've taken a basketful of AP courses and my academic profile is top notch."

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