He wasn’t ready for college work
I graduated from a small school in Ashland with high aspirations and a desire to succeed in college. However, once classes began, I realized my situation was less than ideal. I never imagined the level of writing college would expect of me compared to what high school had taught me — which was not enough, having only written two “big” papers in all of high school.
This would create a great strain on my college career. After talking with other students and professors, I found I wasn’t alone. College instructors (nationally) estimate that 50 percent of the students at their school are not adequately prepared for college-level writing. This is a huge problem because only 10 percent of jobs in America accept applicants with anything less than a college degree. In addition, employers estimate that 39 percent of recent high school graduates with no further education are unprepared for the expectations that they face in entry-level jobs.
There is little time for students to play catch up while in college — as the need for retraining in writing often results in a loss of confidence and results in students dropping out — because they should have already been prepared in high school for what is going to be expected.
Students need to receive ample opportunities for writing and training in research and grammar skills numerous times every year. Doing this would better prepare the students for what college expects and give them the necessary skills to succeed in any type of education.
No student should have to waste time like I’m doing taking an unnecessary writing class to further develop their skills. It’s worth taking the time now to make sure your skills are where they need to be.
Aaron Hannah, Berea College student, Raceland
He wasn’t ready for college work
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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