When deciding which school to go to, most people don't brag or even mention that they're deciding to stay local and go to a 2-year school. There's an assumption people go to Community College because they are not smart enough, but that is not usually the case.
For me, and for many others, going to school and deciding what do to for the rest of my life was a scary thing. Choosing a school wasn't even on my radar. But deciding whether or not college was for me, that was the daunting question. But community college, a more affordable route, seemed like the best place for me to get my feet wet.
It was at the Community College of Rhode Island where I found my love for psychology. More importantly, where I found my love for education. As someone who struggled with my education starting in third grade (and even before that), it was exactly what I needed.
Having a 2-year education before transferring to my 4-year school made me so much more confident in my ability to perform. I failed multiple classes in high school (which may lump me into that category I mentioned earlier) so I did not believe in myself. Though, I never saw myself as either smart or dumb, I know now I didn't have the drive or desire to do well in high school,
If you are nervous or scared about school, like I was, ignore your fellow classmates. They may think that you will get less of an education, but you will not. You'll get to see what you truly want to do while saving money. Oh, and a lot of potential heartbreak if you realize you're in the wrong field.
While community college is not for everyone, neither is a 4-year education. So respecting each other's choices is most important, and realizing that people make decisions based on many reasons, not just one.