NWFSC students get a head start on college

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 07:54 PM.

Coetzee, another Santa Rosa Beach graduate, will be attending University of Miami in the fall to continue studying biology.

Being responsible for your future can be a daunting task. Coetzee said the first two years of the collegiate program are the hardest. She advises future students to stick with it.

"Just be prepared from the start," she said. "There were a few people who left in the first semester of tenth grade. But it does get better."

Once students in the collegiate program finish their high school credits, their college courses are integrated with the rest of NWFSC students. Coetzee notes it was eye-opening to see the age differences in the classrooms.

"Most high school students are used to socializing with people their own age," she said. "In college there were moms going back to school and military — it leaves you more socially inept at adapting to people and puts a new perspective on things."

There are other options for high school students hoping to get a head start on college. Taking AP courses and passing the corresponding exams are one way many students are able to forgo a couple of classes as a freshman. Another is by dual enrollment, a statewide program to high students to enroll free of charge in college courses while still attending high school.

Santa Rosa Beach resident, Fletcher Wilson, is among the rank of graduates who earned his AA by dual enrollment. It was the best of both words for Wilson.

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