Are Community Colleges the Place for You?
Why Community Colleges?
Community colleges prepare you for a regular four-year institution
You didn't get into your schools of choice
Better prep for a four-year
Limited funds and a reluctance to rack up too much debt
Ability to hold a job and save for last two years
Poor grades, low SAT/ACT scores
Higher aspirations about choice of four year schools than my high school grades will allow me to consider
Lack of/unsure of career goals
Not ready to leave home
A desire to get hardest classes out of the way with more access to professors and instructors
For Learning Disabled students a junior college with an LD program can ease the transition into a four-year institution and help guarantee success. In addition, you can obtain an AA Degree (Associates of Arts Degree), which in itself is of value to you.
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Learning Diabled Students and the College Process
The Downside of Junior Colleges
Very little social life connected with the school
You miss out on the "college experience".
Sometimes seems like high school. I recommend that serious students attend, if possible, a different junior college than the one closest to your home. That way, you meet new friends, and are not hanging out with all your high school buddies, some of whom don't know why they are there!
Do yourself a favor and hang out with people who are like-minded, with a focus on college and success.
You are still living at home. This is a toughie. Here you thought you'd be going away, and it seems as if you are still in high school. Have heart, the two years will fly by.
The Student Con Artist
There are those students who convince their parents that a community college in another city wherein is located a major university. The "Con" being that the student will have an automatic pass into the four-year after completing community college.
If you are academically unprepared for college, which sometimes indicates a lack of academic motivation or maturity, what makes you think you are now ready to live on your own, in a college atmosphere, with other junior college students just like you, some of whom are not there to be serious students?
By the way, we all mature at different rates. There is no law that says you have to know what you want to do with your life when you are 17-18 years old. Spend some time thinking about your future and what you think you might want to do. Most people change their minds several times, and many people change careers several times during their working lifetime.
The "college experience" is a privilege, not a right, and you have to earn the privilege. You should know that people in the regular four-year college in that city to which you aspire, look down on those dorm-living, partying community college students as "wannabees."
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