Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 1, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — 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

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