ARCC Student Balances High School and College

Hilber plans to attend college at NOVA University in Florida next fall. Photo Credit: Abigail Johnson

Alexia Hilber describes what it’s like to be a PSEO student at Anoka-Ramsey. 

By Abigail Johnson
Staff Writer

Alexia Hilber is a part- time PSEO student from North Branch High School, attending Anoka-Ramsey on the Cambridge campus. She is a senior in high school and this will be her first year in college. Hilber explained her thoughts on what it is like to be in high school and college at the same time. 

Hilber’s senior picture doubles as a picture of her first year of college. Photo Credit: MJCollins Photography

Generally, when dual-enrolled students take classes at more than one campus (high school and college), they tend to prefer one campus over the other. Hilber says, “I definitely prefer my college classes over my high school classes. For the most part, people care about their grades more once they get to college so working with others is generally easier.” 

When students transition into new learning environments, they typically will notice many differences in how things are taught and learned. Noticing a major difference between studying at the college and at her high school, Hilber explained, “It would have to be the fact that people are willing to form study groups and actually get stuff done instead of just talking for a couple of hours.” 

College classes also tend to be more difficult for students, especially just coming from or out of high school. On a scale of one-to-ten, Hilber rated the increased difficulty level of her college courses at a three, saying, “for my first semester at the college I took generally easy courses in order to get used to a full-on college course. However, next semester I am taking much harder courses that are relevant to the major I plan to study, marine biology.” 

Hilber plans to attend college at NOVA University in Florida next fall. Photo Credit: Abigail Johnson

Transitioning to a different style of learning can also be difficult for many students. It can be hard to learn material in a new way different from what you have always been used to. Hilber said that her learning has, in fact, been affected. ” It was a difficult transition at first, but I believe that I’ve gotten used to it now.” 

Students also get many benefits from studying in college while still in their later years of high school. Hilber had not one, but two benefits that came from her studying part time on both campuses. She stated that the best parts would be, “the fact that I get to leave the high school early and I have been capable of hanging out with my friends more often. Another big plus is that I am able to work more, so not only am I saving on college tuition, I am also earning more money for when I transfer to a four-year college.” Just like Hilber, many students can benefit from taking classes at Anoka-Ramsey.  


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