Students who do well in high school can struggle in college

By Alison Wagener

When I was in high school, I was a capable, high-achieving student. I was involved in every organization I could pack into my schedule, got straight As, and even found time to hang out with friends. I was an expert at juggling school, friends, and extracurriculars, and I did it with ease. I even graduated as valedictorian of my class.

Now I'm not telling you this to brag, but to offer some background knowledge for the huge, mind-boggling secret I'm about to tell you:  

Students who do well in high school can struggle in college. 

Let that soak in for a minute. For some of you, this probably comes as a no-brainer. But if you're like me and breezed through high school and expected a similar experience in college (here's some advice — don't do that), this can be very difficult to accept. Here's the happy story of how I learned to do so.

Read Alison's story.