The relationship between Midland College and Early College High School continues to be smooth, but fissures remain for some students and professors.
Student Judith Alvarez said she felt as if she was being looked down upon.
“Most college students don’t realize which students are a part of ECHS until we actually tell them, then they distance themselves from us as if we had a bad case of contagious flu,” she said. “I’d rather not say I’m from ECHS because then the chances of actually making friends and bonding with my teachers improves.”
MC has attempted to make the students feel apart from the rest, when forcing them to say whether they are a part of ECHS during class introductions at the beginning of the semester. Results have shown that ECHS students have been making some of the best grades in their classes because of their effort to succeed.
However, Mario Rascon another current student from ECHS said, “I have been treated the same as any other student, and the professors don’t really tell me anything, as long as I’m passing that’s all they really care about. Besides, I don’t give them the reason to set me aside from the rest of class; I just try to blend in.”
Other early college students don’t have a bad time in their college classes; it’s just certain professors and students who make ECHS students feel left out. Students have obviously had different experiences with other professors and has not been a big problem or concern.
MC college student Gabriel Beltran said that he doesn’t realize the difference between ECHS students and MC students. “I also can’t blame them for their effort to succeed; they are around the same age and might even be at a higher education level than most college students.”
MC has had to deal with students who are still in high school and haven’t gone over all the course work covered in high school, according to Rascon. They have had to delay the course a couple of lectures back due to revision on work that should have been done, he said.
However, some students have been able to adapt to the bigger load of homework and the faster rate of lecturing in class.
“ECHS students do make good grades on average, but it does take them a bit of time to get the hang of it,” Rascon said. “Both sides have had their pros and cons, but they have managed to get along in the most part and together have formed a really nice college; they bring out the best out of one another.”
MC professor Simon Cornell equalizes students in his classes. “I don’t treat them any different, as long as they are in my class to learn it doesn’t matter whether they’re seventeen or eighty-seven,” he said. “Grades depend on the individual; I once had a guy that made great grades; he was honestly a bright kid. I have never had any animosity between the students in any of my classes.”
ECHS teacher Sharon Allison offers this advice: “ECHS students shouldn’t really mind what others have to say about them; they should focus on getting done with their classes with high passing grades. They got into the school to succeed in the future so why should they let someone discourage them just because they might be jealous they didn’t get the same opportunity.”
“If these teenagers at this age have the desire to move forward and expect something big and better for themselves why should they let others take that dream away from them,” Allison said.
All around the world they will meet people of all kinds but they just have to worry about themselves and try to move forward along the path of their life, she said. Every once in a while they will make a friend or even find the love of their life. But if an altercation were to happen it’s not the end of their lives, life goes on.