Classifications of College Students

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Thesis Statement: College students come from all different types of backgrounds. Most come directly from high school, some are returning from a period of "finding themselves", some are trying to climb the corporate ladder, and then there are "moms" who want to start a career now that their children are in school. Regardless of their origins, college students come in all shapes and sizes and each easily identifiable from a mile away.

A. Direct high school graduates
1. appearance
2. attitude
3. lifestyle

B. Taking a year off – finding yourself
1. working world
2. class schedule v. working schedule
3. goal oriented

C. Job improvement/advancement
1. attire
2. beverage of choice
3. clear focus

D. Mom's whose
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Focusing on their mission, these students have caught a glimpse of the future and now appreciate the opportunity to attend college.

I have to say the most easily spotted of all college students is the "mom" whose children are now all in school. This student has decided it is time to finish college and begin a career. The "mom" student is always prepared for class, has all assignments done well ahead of time, and participates in class discussions usually drawing from life experiences. The "mom" student is also the one who makes sure everyone achieves success on group assignments! This student is easily spotted in the parking lot driving some kind of mini van. She walks to class dressed in a polo shirt, capri pants, and casual shoes with sunglasses propped on the top of her head. "Mom" students take classes during the day usually beginning at 9:00 am and ending in plenty of time to pick the kids up from school. The "mom" student does not rush to finish college, usually only taking a few classes a semester. She has from kindergarten through senior year of her children's lives to finish college, especially since her primary job is still being a mom.

I have observed all these different classifications of college students and I, too, fall into one of the classifications above. Whether coming directly from
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