The College Adjustment


High School


Teacher/Student Contact

Contact closer and more frequent (5 days a week).

Faculty members are available during office hours (posted each week) and by appointment to address students’ concerns.


Academic competition is not as strong; good grade can often be obtained with minimum effort.

Academic competition is much stronger; minimum effort may produce poor grades.


Students establish a personal status in academic and social activities based on family and community factors.

Students can build their status as they wish; high school status can be repeated or changed.


Students can rely on parents, teachers and counselors to help make decisions and give advice. Students must abide by parents’ boundaries and restrictions.

Students rely on themselves; they see the results of making their own decisions. It is their responsibility to seek advice as needed. Students set their own restrictions.


Students receive stimulation to achieve and participate from parents, teachers and counselors.

Students apply their own motivation to their work and activities as they wish. Students have much more freedom.


Students’ freedom is limited. Parents will often help students out of a crisis should one arise.

Students must accept responsibility for their own actions.


There are distractions from school, but these are partially controlled by school and home.

The opportunity for more distractions exists. Time management will become more important.

Value Judgements

Students often make value judgments based on parental values; thus, many of their value judgments are made for them.

Students have the opportunity to see the world through their own eyes and develop their own opinions and values.