3 Reasons Why Community College is Actually the Best Decision Ever

3 Reasons Why Community College is Actually the Best Decision Ever

It's the little hidden gem that no one talks about...until now.

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I remember dreaming of the day when I moved out of the house, moving far away to a university where no one knew my name. I wanted something bigger. I wanted something to push me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to make everyone proud.

But that all changed once I found myself walking into a small, one-building community college. It was lit by yellow, dim lights, brown carpet from the seventies (I assume), and aged chalkboards. I remember parking the car and taking a deep breath. That building would be where I would spend the next few years, whether it was my dream or nightmare. I had to climb the bridge and get over it.

I felt like a failure. I was embarrassed and angry. I didn't want anyone knowing that I went to a cheap, god-forsaken community college. I thought I hated it. It was not what I had planned. But looking back, I realize I had it all wrong.

Because now that I have finished all I could at the small school, (**major plot twist**) I am a major advocate for community college. Let me tell you why.

It saved me a bunch of money!

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Everyone likes money.

Let's face it- college ain't cheap, especially at a university. I mean, there is a reason why broke college kids eat instant noodles every single night. But the good news? Going to community college has allowed me to stay debt-free. Right now, I am entering my fourth semester and haven't had to sacrifice a single goat and give my entire life away. Oh. Sorry. I mean, I haven't had to take out a single loan.

As a senior in high school, I didn't give five craps about money (or the lack thereof in this case). But now, it feels really nice to have a little bit of cash to my name.

It gave me more time to figure stuff out (soul-searching works, man).

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Sometimes, going headfirst into university isn't the most ideal plan, especially when you're unsure of what you want to do. I never faced this issue, thankfully, but I know plenty of people of have. And guess what? That's perfectly normal.

Starting out at a community college can allow one to find what subjects really interest them, or if college is even the right course for them. It's better to spend a couple grand and realize college isn't for you, rather than going into debt and realizing it isn't for you.

It taught me how to slowly gain Independence, rather than going completely crazy right away.

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College is notorious for wild parties, casual hookups and anything in-between. After all, it is a new start. There are tons of new people, new options and only a few people know your name. Sounds fun, really.

But as someone who was a little sheltered from such things, I am deathly afraid that I would've taken those few steps of independence and thrown it away like a wild pig.

The funny thing is, at community college, this is nearly impossible. Sure, there are still parties, drinking and other collegey things, but there are little chances to go absolutely crazy. After all, my college was in my county. People knew me. Heck, sometimes even my professors knew me. I wasn't about to lose my dignity there.

Now, I have learned how to balance this great independence, and I still have a little dignity left.

So, in the end, I turned into a complete advocate for community college. And truthfully? I never saw that coming. But I am glad I went.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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If You Wear Glasses, You'll See These 11 Facts To Be Nothing But TRUE

Everyone has heard all about what it's like to get glasses, but not what it's like when you've been wearing your glasses forever.

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As someone who has worn glasses since I was 5, my glasses are a part of who I am. There are some things that, as a glasses wearer, are just normal to me and are a part of my everyday life. No one truly understands what it's like to live with glasses unless they've done it.

1. You know if you're near- or far-sighted

And that's the first thing you tell people when they try on your glasses, it how different your glasses are than the way that they see. You know what is the strong point with your eyesight.

2. You have your way of adjusting your glasses

Everyone has their style of adjusting their glasses. There's the same way that they always push their glasses back into the right spot and at this point, it's just habit. Odds are, you've done it for a long time and you're not going to be changing the way you do it any time soon

3. You think that people would stop trying on your glasses by age

By the time I got to college, I thought that it wouldn't be as fun of a game to try on glasses. However, now the majority of people that want to try on my glasses are people who also wear glasses. Normally we compare just how blind we are, but it reminds me of when I was younger and one of the only ones that wore glasses.

4. You probably know your prescription

Even though this one doesn't apply to me, most people I know ask me what my prescription is, and are ready to offer up their own for me.

5. Even when you aren't wearing glasses, you try and adjust them

There have been many times where I'm wearing my contacts and I try and push up my glasses in order to bring my contacts into focus. Pushing up my glasses is a habit, and one that I continue when I'm not wearing them.

6. You refer to yourself as blind

I know that I can't really see without my glasses on, and whenever anyone asks me how bad my vision is, I just tell them that I'm blind.

7. You cringe whenever someone else touches your glasses

When people who aren't me try and fix my glasses, put them back on my face or put them down somewhere, even if it's someone who's trying to be helpful, it still bothers me. I don't like to have other people touch them, and it's hard to accept help when it involves them.

8. You have a preference between glasses or contacts

There are certain times when I prefer to wear contacts and other times that I prefer glasses. I know that I wear my glasses more often than contacts, but other people prefer the opposite of me.

9. It bothers you when people wear glasses that don't need them

With the trend of fake glasses becoming popular again, it bothers me to see people wear them. I know that I have to wear glasses in order to see, and to see people use them as an accessory is something that bothers me, and always will.

10. You know how long you can go without cleaning them

The comment I get the most is that my glasses always need to be cleaned. I know that my glasses are a lot dirtier than some people's, but I also know when my glasses need to be cleaned in order for me to be able to see.

11. You know that you can't live without your glasses

My glasses are like another part of me, and I know that without them I wouldn't be able to get through my day just because my vision is so bad. My glasses are more than just an accessory, it's an important part of my life.

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