The educational experience involves major transitions, particularly from middle to high school and from high school to college. Much like starting a new job, you don't know what you're actually getting into until you actually get into it; rarely is it entirely reflective of what's written. In the business world, long and sticky transitions make for an inefficient business and, at times, an unhappy employee. Therefore, successful business have organized onboarding processes that help new employees acclimate to both the environment of the company as well as the actual job itself. Investing in this process is very much investing in the company as a whole.
Analyzing the two major transition points in education with a similar lens can help students more efficiently tackle the educational and social tasks at hand and, in turn, help them to be more successful more quickly. Do we need to spend a semester learning how to learn at the college level? Do we need to have a freshman high school class on the college admissions process, with a real scope into the competition involved?