I believe that Middle School is the last frontier for students to hone their skills in core courses and in life skills. This is the time where they are learning skills in discipline, self-regulation and persistence. By the time they get to high school, the pace of life is faster and the stakes are higher academically. Therefore, introducing discourse around college expectations early is valuable to middle school students to become familiar with college types, college life, financial aid, and many other features of college. This way, they are not surprised or intimidated by the prospect of going to college during their junior or senior year of high school.