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High School to College Transition

  1. Apr 18, 2009 #1
    Hello, I usually just read the threads and watch the lectures on the forums so I haven't really had a reason to sign up until now. Given an academic guidance sub-forum I figured I'd give my question a try.

    Did anyone of you find high school boring, but come into your own during college? When I apply myself I do the work well, but most of what I'm doing in high school has nothing to do with my current major of choice (neurology/medicine). Lately however, taking more advanced classes (college level calculus, chemistry, etc) I've found an interest in these previously dull fields. Was I not challenged enough? Was I just lazy? Did anyone else have this problem?

    Thanks, and nice meeting you all. :smile:
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  3. Apr 18, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to physics forums =]

    In general most high school courses don't have any "depth" to them so don't be surprised that you're not mentally stimulated. It will be mostly like that until you reach a junior in college then you get down to the good stuff - and that's just the beginning.

    In all honesty I have not had the chance to be mentally stimulated by my work yet, high school is no exception. Currently I'm sophomore level and am so anxious to be a junior next semester so that I can actually start doing "real" work. So your problem isn't an isolated one, nor are you lazy. Many bright students have that problem, you're not alone =] Just keep chugging along until you get where you want to be, you won't regret it.
  4. Apr 18, 2009 #3
    No worries, Physics was very boring in high school, because we did such a poor job of covering it. My first year Mechanics and E&M have been incredible though. Interest is through the roof =D
  5. Apr 18, 2009 #4
    Yeah, I was about as unmotivated as they come during high school. We're talking ~20% homework average in most of my classes, never once studied for a test/final, etc. because I just didn't care. I still managed to get into a good college, and then once I started taking my physics classes motivation shot through the roof and now I'm all set to make my second 4.0 in a row taking all physics and math classes. So, don't worry, it's pretty typical.
  6. Apr 18, 2009 #5
    I was the same way. For me, I didn't start enjoying math until I got to calculus in high school. With science, I didn't take a real interest in them until I started taking AP Chem. After learning in depth about topics general classes don't cover, it can be pretty fascinating.
  7. Apr 18, 2009 #6
    Well, that's good to know. Here's to a 4.0 in college.
  8. Apr 18, 2009 #7


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    High school was uninteresting to me. Incompetent teachers, being stuck in a math class that was 2 notches below than my actual math level [ we weren't allowed to skip ], plus a barrage of busywork every night made me dislike high school.

    I started attending a community college alongside high school and it was certainly a better experience.
  9. Apr 18, 2009 #8
    I loved college when I first started. In highschool I was taught to memorize very stupid things about magnets and electrostatics, like which way they rotate in the field. It is much clearer when studied in the context of cross products.

    Super interesting problem sets... or handing in colored title pages? Hmm... let me think.
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