Going To Community College Doesn't Make Me Less Of A Student

Attending Community College Doesn't Make Me Any Less Of A Student

Leaving my 4-year university was heartbreaking to go through, but I have grown and learned so much since then and I have community college to thank for that.

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Summer of 2017 I felt like my world turned upside down when I received some news. After a year of attending a 4-year university, I fell in love with it. I was having the time of my life with my sorority and the best friends I made there. Everyday was an adventure, but my priorities were all in the wrong place. I put all of my energy into my social life and my grades plummeted, resulting in me no longer being able to remain a student there.

The thought of attending community college at first was something I felt ashamed of. The kids at the high school I attended were caught up in the status of which college everyone was attending, and I felt a lot of pressure to attend a big school with lots of parties. Losing the school I was at was difficult for me to accept at first, and I was down in the dumps about it for a long time.

Once I was enrolled at a community college and attended classes, I went into it with an open mind. I decided to make the most out of my situation and use this as an opportunity to make a change. As classes went on, I noticed how much more focused I was, there were very few distractions. I was much more motivated to study and do well, which was new for me. The feeling of being a successful student was very rewarding and put things in perspective.

Something that stands out to me about community college are my professors. At the large school I previously attended, there were very few professors that I felt supported by and felt like that they genuinely wanted their students to succeed. At community college I feel the complete opposite energy from my professors. They want their students to do well and make an effort to know them.

My community college professors make the classes challenging without setting their students up to fail. Unlike some may assume, they do not coddle their students and make things too easy. They support their students and want them to thrive, which personally to me makes a way better academic environment to be in. Community college is no easier than any larger school, it is just structured differently. Also, these schools do not have a lower quality of education or less resources than large 4-year universities. For example, my community college has a cadaver lab which is something that even many large schools do not have!

Just because you attend a large school and I do not, does not make you superior to me. It does not make you smarter or a harder worker than me. Assuming these things or looking down on community college students, in my opinion, makes you not only close minded but immature. Something that I admire about my community college is the student diversity. I have met students from so many different backgrounds, and this has changed my perspective on not just education but life itself.

I appreciate these experiences and these are things that I could not get out of a big university when I was there. Although there were many positive aspects of the other school I attended, there are just as many where I am at now! Neither students at these types of colleges are superior to the other. I respect those who agree with me and keep an open mind about community college.

If you are considering attending a community college, I highly encourage it. Not only is it a safe and smart financial decision, but it will open your eyes to what the world is like for people that are different than you. I have met so many genuine and hard working people from all sorts of backgrounds at my school. I think community college is the perfect opportunity to grow and mature before putting yourself into a completely new environment without your family when you may not be ready for it, just like I was not.

Labels are irrelevant because both types of students work just as hard as the other. Afterall, we all will end up in the same place one day. Attending community college is not something to be ashamed of. Being a community college student does not make you inferior to anyone else and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. You are receiving a different experience than others, embrace that!

Here is one of my favorite quotes that sticks with me everyday: "just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost." -Gerard Abrams. I am so grateful for not only my friends and family that support me and cheer me on in my academic performance, but my professors that have and do as well.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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