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Thread: I was admitted to the Honors program in college. Anyone with experience?

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    The letter I got said that there's actually no more work than a normal class, but that it's "more engaging". I was happy to hear that lol.

    If I've completed Calculus II in HS? Are you kidding me? Lmao. I got to Trigonometry. I SUCKED big time at Algebra I and II, but Geeometry and Trigonomtry were pretty easy. My luck that I'm good with triangles...damn. The math is why I'm nervous I won't make it as a Dr. The one subject I applied myself in was math, and I still got B's (except Geo and Trig). I didn't plan on taking anything advanced my first year. Home school is SO laid back (no homework ever, three hours of school a day [if I feel like it], waking up at noon, staying up until four...) that I think taking classes I've already had would be really beneficial. I'm the kind of person who can't remember most of what they learned once they do something and stop, anyway.

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    Congratulations
    Usually you have to apply and submit the thesis before getting approved to join. No need to worry. If you were in the honors/distinguished program in HS as I was, you should have no problem at all. The work is slightly more requiring of you, but you also get many privileges that others do not. The honors program gives you discounted to free dorm coverage in exclusive dorms. You also have resources such as study material and help that other students do not. I dont remember everything else I was given but its no big deal and looks good on your resume. You can always pull out of it if you feel its bothersome with no penalty. When choosing your classes, do not be so picky with the times. Whats important is your education, and if you do not have a skilled teacher, then you are wasting your time and money. The last thing you need is a teacher who is too smart to teach (teaches at his own level while students are not there yet). Research your professors at one of the many sites offered on the web, and dont try to get away with taking too many hard courses per semester (upper lvl science and math).
    Good Luck and have fun

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    I know a lot of people say "AP courses prepare you for college", but personally I haven't always found that to be the case... a lot of people I go to college with went to really high-powered high schools and sure, they were well prepared for college classes. My high school was not one of those I took all but 1 or 2 of the APs my school offered (there were... 8? total?) and I did basically nothing in the classes, i got 4's and 5's on everything but calc but then again I'm awful at math. I worked hard because I knew what I wanted, but I can tell you right now that *high school* itself, even the honors classes, didn't do a thing to prepare me for college, other than letting me know I wanted to go there. So basically.... it's really hard to say that high school honors prepare you for anything, because they're so varied.

    On the other hand, I did just fine in college for having "slacked off" (with a weighted 4.0) in high school... you just have to realize that it's a new game with higher standards, and adjust accordingly. I did not get into the honors program here, it only takes about 10 kids per class of 1000+ (and you can only enter your freshman year) but our program is honestly useless, I have quite a few friends in it and they all said it wasn't worth the effort. Not being in it apparently didn't hurt my admission to vet school anyway but I guess that varies by college too.

    Keep in mind that "more engaging" may in fact be college-speak for "more work" though

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    If you like to learn and are serious about gaining a title for yourself, college will be great for you. However, I have seen several people and their college careers go down the drain because they spent too much time on their social life: friends, relationships, and partying.



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    Do you have an advisor? If so, discuss it with them, and ask about all the requirements in detail.

    Some colleges have really kickass honors programs, others just load you down with a bunch of crap courses which may or may not be useful. I never accepted the invitation for the honors program because it was the latter, and I preferred to remain narrowly focused on my field.

    Basically, figure out what you want to do with your education, and see if honors works for or against it. Lots of accolades can be impressive, but only up to a point, and being good at what you do matters more.

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