Story by Bridget Fahey
According to a recent report by the Collegeboard, fewer than half of the students who take the SAT have achieved a score of at least 1550 out of the maximum of 2400, indicating that these students are not “college-ready.”
By achieving a score of 1550 or greater on the SAT, a student is likely to maintain at least a B — average in his or her first year of college as well as finish a four-year college degree.
This is not a recent trend, though. In fact, the report indicates that this has been the case for five years now.
First-year Allison Werth was not fazed by this report.
“I don’t consider the SAT to be an accurate reflection of how well a student will do in college,” Werth said. “Some people just don’t take standardized tests well.”
However, according to a Harvard University study, 44 percent of students who enter college in America will not graduate within six years. This study also supports the College board’s report.
At Drake, however, 74 percent of students graduate within six years according to the Collegeboard.
Adjusting to college is difficult for many students, including first-year Naomi Jackson.
“I was mentally prepared to leave for college, but I was not emotionally prepared to leave my friends and support system,” Jackson said.
For many students, college is their first time living independently. Some think that while this can be empowering, it can also be emotionally draining.
On the other hand, Werth said, “It wasn’t that different than high school. It is simply a different workload.”
“When I came to Drake, I was surprised by the faster pace of classes,” Jackson said. “It took me some time to adjust. I would definitely recommend getting to know your professors and classmates. They are great resources.”
Not only will making friends with your classmates open you up to new people and a more diverse group of friends, but it will also give you people to turn to for help if you miss class.
“Failing my first test was the wake-up call I needed in order to change my study habits,” Werth said. “My advice would be not to cram. I learned that simply looking over lecture notes the night before a test doesn’t cut it in college.”
Even though being involved is important, school comes first for Jackson. She encourages students to set aside specific times for homework and studying each day to avoid cramming.
“Keep an open mind,” Jackson said. “Don’t confine yourself to one group or school.”