Kristal Urrutia, Staff Writer
High school teachers aren't prepping their students for college or the real world.

Daisy Silva is a junior at Cal-State LA, studying Kinesiology. A South Gate High School graduate, Daisy played soccer all four years, participated in track and field, Key Club and Best Buddies. She shares what she loves about college, which is her professors.

Daisy stated, “The professors I’ve had have been very understanding… during midterms and finals, they won’t give us an overload of homework, if any.” Her biggest struggles in college, she said, was not being organized and not prioritizing. Daisy continued with, “It’s not like high school where they remind you about your deadlines. If you miss an assignment, then you miss an assignment.” Then I asked, “How did South Gate High School prepare you for college?”. Daisy became hesitant. “How did South Gate High prepare me? I guess… by the teachers giving us the same amount of homework. Some teachers don’t prepare us to our fullest academic potential, my previous English teacher helped prepare myself. She taught me to PUSH myself. I made myself responsible in her class and I took that extra-step for my work to be good, but she was the only one, after that, it went downhill”. In her other English classes, as long as Daisy used big and fancy words in their class, then that was good enough. Daisy explained “ That doesn’t work in college. I tried it my freshman year and my professor made do the whole assignment over again and taught me how to do it. What they could have taught me in high school, they were teaching me in college.” What they didn’t do was give us information, about schedules. No one told me how to pick my classes, or when do I pick my classes, and having gaps within my classes.” For example, she has only two minutes to walk across campus to get from one class to another, and then an hour gap between her next class.

High school is so different from college and Daisy believes it makes you more responsible; you must take charge of yourself and your education is in your own hands.

After looking back on her high school years, she wished she would have spoken more to teachers and asked for advice. To help current students, Daisy provided some advice: First, ask questions about anything. Whether it’s about work habits to have in college or ask what classes are best to take first. Second, save your money. Daisy states “There will be moments where you will have to choose between a book you need for class over food for the week”. Third of all, speak to a counselor as soon as possible. They will help guide us with anything we need, whether it is applying to programs or classes we need to take. Fourth, don’t think of others. Daisy states, “Think about yourself and what you want because it’s your future.”

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