Culture Shock
2013 Grads: Worldy. Wiser.


McKenzie Metzger

M. Metzger

Most students spend their whole high school career trying to prepare and better themselves for college. But what really makes someone ready? What are the big differences between the high school and college experiences? What should students know?

The Knight Times rounded up two Kings graduates from the Class of 2013, both of whom are attending college, and asked them to share what the past three months have been like, since they left home to start their new lives.

Mackenzie Seiter and Kennedy Cook were among the Class of 2013’s student leaders. Seiter was the student body vice president, and Cook was a captain on the football team.

Seiter now attends Miami University in Oxford. She said that the hardest thing about college is balancing between her social activities and school. Cook now attends Wittenberg University in Springfield. He said that the hardest parts of college are the classes and the amount of homework he gets.

“I have to write a lot of papers for my English class,” said Cook.

When asked about the culture shock at college, both students could agree on one thing: food. Cook said that the food in college is a little better than high school, but that it’s not ideal eating the same thing from the commons every day.

“I try to mix it up as much as possible. I miss my mom’s home-cooked meals and coming home to the smell of the kitchen,” he said.

Seiter (pictured right at 2013 prom) says her culture shock is food as well. She said that theseiter amount of food options really surprised her.

These are just a few of the “culture shocks” that even the most prepared high school graduate can expect. Although college brings more freedom and independence, it also demands more responsibility.

“The most surprising thing about college is the amount of studying you have to do to keep up in a class,” Seiter said.
Cook says that the amount of willingness that people have to help you at college took him by surprise. He said that at Wittenberg, there are math workshops, writing centers, oral communication centers, and professors that can help you with anything.

“I didn’t think a lot of people would be so welcoming and helpful during my freshman year,” he said.

It’s always a big debate between high school students whether they will miss home or not once they move away. Both Cook and Seiter still live in Ohio and even with being in proximal distance of their home, they still miss it. Although she misses her home and family, Seiter said that Miami is starting to feel like her second home. In order to avoid feeling homesick, Cook said that he focuses on school.

“I try not to think about it because I have a lot going on in college and it keeps it off my mind,” he said. “I miss my friends that moved away and the home-cooked meals and sleeping in my own bed some nights too.”

As high school students hit junior year, they start taking the ACTs and SATs and looking into college. They hear a lot of advice from teachers and administrators, yet still have many questions about college. Cook said that his tip would be to use time wisely in college. He said that homework can pile up pretty quickly, so it’s smart to use the down time and hit up the library as much as possible.

Seiter said to not be afraid of being ignorant.

“Don’t be hesitant to ask questions or to try new things,” she said.

Although we have only been in school for a little over two months, KHS has seen many of it’s former students roaming the halls and popping in and out of various classrooms. Many students claim that after leaving they won’t ever return which makes it curious that so many do.

“The people and Kings itself, it’s a very unique school and I miss that bond we all had,” Seiter said.

Principal Doug Mader says in every class meeting to “Leave our Legacy.” It looks like KHS may leave its own legacy on students.

“A lot of things draw me back to Kings for so many reasons. I invested a lot of time in my life at Kings and it’s always a great feeling coming back and seeing so many people that impacted your life as a student and person,” Cook said.

“I love coming back to the football games as well because I miss playing in them and seeing everyone all decked out in school spirit. The community is always there and there isn’t a place in the world that’s better than a Friday night home Kings football game in the fall.”

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