The first year of the college experience is different than what is expected.
High school teachers make it seem as if college is going to be hell, but it is a great experience, and many people are willing to help you be successful.
It is drilled into students’ heads that college teachers don’t care about students, we are just a number to them, and that zeros are given for any late or missed assignments. Secondary school teachers also make it seem like when it is time for college, a social life must be non-existent.
Durham College is the opposite of everything high school teachers suggested.
The majority of teachers actually take the time to get to know you. You are not just a number to them, you are a co-worker.
In college, you call your teacher by their first name. This makes your relationship more personal than just referring to them as ma’am or sir. The personal relationship you develop with your teacher allows them to be understanding when you have computer problems, a death in the family or mental health struggles.
They are always there to help whenever needed and are always willing to help. Each student and teacher is given their own email. For help on an assignment, you can personally email your teacher and they will get back to you as soon as possible, even if it is in the evening or on a weekend. Not only do they help when needed, but if there is a legitimate reason, you may get an extension on an assignment.
Technology is very unreliable these days and computers crash all the time. If you contact your teacher before an assignment is due, they are more than willing to give you an extension until you get all your work back. This is also the case if you are sick and can’t make it to class. Just send an email saying why you can’t make it. However, don’t just email right before class starts; it is best to notify them as soon as possible.
Finally, a social life is needed to survive in college. The college experience is most successful when you have at least one friend in your program to help you. It is also a good way to de-stress. College may not be as challenging as people make it out to be, but it is still a lot of work. Sometimes this can be very overwhelming. However, if you have a way to let loose every once in a while, your brain has time to reset and forget all the stressful things. This will allow you to take a fresh look on your work when you get back to it.
To be successful in college, develop a relationship with your teachers, make yourself known and ask for help when you need it.