Dual enrollment participants, otherwise known as ‘special admit students’ enroll in college courses while attending high school. Although some students have different motivations for taking these after-school courses, the primary factor is that it supplies college credit for those who pass the classes.
There is a major difference between high school and college courses, especially in regards to the level of difficulty.
“College classes are actually tougher than AP and IB classes; they move a lot faster since you only have about half the time to cover everything,” senior Joshua Miller said, who has been taking classes at Fullerton College for a few years.
Although the workload is tough, Miller still enjoys the fact that he isn’t limited to high school classes.
“I like being able to take classes that aren’t available at high school: Calculus BC or Philosophy,” Miller said.
Senior Alanis Merritt participated in dual enrollment in order to make the most out of her high school career.
”Last semester, I had a full schedule. I went from zero to sixth [period], and also had Theory of Knowledge from 3-6 pm on Monday’s. But for me, it wasn’t enough. I love taking as many classes as I can, so I can make the most out of the time I have in high school,” Merritt said. “My schedule was too full at the high school, but I didn’t want that to stop me.”
For senior Emily Guzman, college classes are not for everyone, but it is still a great experience, which everyone should try if needed.
“I don’t think college classes while going to high school is for everybody. For me personally, taking those classes benefited my future in my educational career. It’s great to gain experience. Going to college is a choice, not a demand. I wouldn’t advise anyone to take extra classes if it didn’t benefit them in their future,” Guzman said.
Taking college classes does offer benefits from experience to college credit. Fullerton College offers dual enrollment for students who are willing to push the limits of their capabilities with a heavier schedule, a larger workload, and introductions to new experiences.