What Does “College Ready” Really Mean?

What's Not Wrong?

169349475_4c3f07cff9Not long ago I finished the semester with a wonderful group of first-year college students. Most of them were fresh out of high school, but there were also a handful of students with some other life experiences. I’m proud of the progress so many of them made in how they think about writing and how they approach writing for academic purposes and for themselves.

Some of these students struggled with issues that have nothing directly to do with writing. The demands of college-level work, in my class and in other classes, seemed to take them by surprise. By their own admission, they were not college-ready. On an end-of-the-semester reflection, one student wrote, “I’ll be honest with you. I started off college as if it was high school–you know what I’m saying–doing enough to get by. I don’t want to be that guy anymore. I want to be the one who…

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