The Perks of Attending Community College

The Perks of Attending Community College

Here are some pros you should consider.
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Destroying stereotypes, relieving ignorance, and reversing stigmas

As the four years of High School come to their elusive end, future plans and decisions become the main focus of conversation. The questions “Where are you going?” and “What’s your plan for next year?” seem to be the only thought any relative, teacher, and, honestly, human, can articulate when looking at you.

Additionally, as a teenage senior in high school, you are in what I would say is one of the most pivotal and transitional stages of life. On top of the fact that you're dealing with hormones, acne, and constant drama, you think you have to establish who you are and now are striving to become it.

The chapter is turning in life and the book can be interpreted in several different ways.

Essentially, your whole life is about to change. For the past twelve years you have had the legal obligation of obtaining an education and have predominantly been under the supervision of your parents. And now you're done.

You're ready to get out, be your own person, and start living life independently. But what part of the last twelve years makes you feel so ready to fly from your nest?

This is why Community College is your absolute best bet.

The truth is, the majority of high school seniors are by no means ready to take care of themselves. Why do you think the “freshman fifteen” exists? Why do so many kids come right back home after two semesters? Because independence is much more than deciding what time you want to come home. It is governing your time and self-constructively seeking to be successful in all aspects of life.

When you’re leaving for college, you are fixated on your future plans-but when you get there, you enter young adult utopia.

You have the newfound option of going out and getting wasted on a Monday, and the best part is, your university is for sure not going to call home if your hangover prevents you from class on Tuesday. The next thing you know partying begins to take precedence in your life and you haven't gone to one English class all semester. So now you’re an English major failing English, and opt to switch majors to support your lifestyle and simultaneously ensure graduation. But your dream of being an English teacher is now out the window, and you honestly don’t even know if you really like this new major.

As a fresh high-school graduate, you are ignorant to the way college works; that is the madness behind it all. Community College completely eases this transition. You are still living in the comfort of your own home, but you are still given slight independence. You are not adjusting to college-level academia, living away from home, and complete independence all at once. Rather, you are simply dipping your toes in. Over the course of the tentative two to three years you will spend at your junior college, you will be uncomfortable for while you are in college, you are not settled. And that will be the most beautiful part. You will be growing every single day. You cannot obtain a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or whatever your academic goals are at your junior college, thus pushing you to work even harder in order to transfer. Sure, you might miss out on all the partying, but when you do eventually get to transfer, you will get those opportunities, while knowing how to responsibly conduct yourself. At the time of your real departure from your home, you will be an adult, ready to take on your future maturely. Not to mention- your childish mistakes are not costing your family thousands of dollars.

But wait, I’m not stupid, I tried in high school. Why would I go to a Community College?

Do the names Walt Disney, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, or Ross Perot ring a bell? Maybe you know them for their professional success, and the big name universities on their diplomas- but they all started at junior colleges. And I really hope that no one thinks the founder of the “happiest place in the world” is stupid, right?

Regardless of how hard you tried, Community College could still open up your opportunities and better situate you for success. A student with a 4.0 out of high school is still nervous when applying to top-tier universities, whereas a transfer student with the same GPA is almost guaranteed admission to some of the country’s and world’s finest schools. The reality is whether it be a junior college or four year university- for the first two years, all collegiate students are taking their general education courses. And when it comes down to it, after transferring the Community College students will be sitting in the same exact classrooms as everyone else.

At the end of the day, people will continue to go straight to four year institutions and fall victim to the temptations of full independence, while some will not. No matter what you decide to do, know that Community College is an option- and a great one. If you do decide on a CC, whether based on financial reasoning, academic failure, or personal choosing, be confident. It is not the end of the world, it is the start of a new one- the potential for success is sitting in your hands.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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America Is Not The Land Of The Free, Its Discrimination Goes Unseen

Americans have an inaccurate understanding of how far we are from true equality and thoughts on how we can try to bridge the gap.

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There is a massive misconception that because America represents equality and freedom, true equality and freedom exist for all Americans. We assume that because slavery is outlawed and women have the right to vote that everyone is on an equal playing field and is content with their place in society. However, this could not be further from the truth. Americans of all minority groups continue to be discriminated against in their daily lives and the white power structure is very much intact and stronger than ever before.

The inequalities of today are arguably more dangerous than the overt legal inequalities of the past because today they often go unseen. Privilege is something many communities fail to recognize and the tiny daily differences among groups of people can leave a major impact. For women it's things as small as the way our clothing is sized, taxes on tampons, or the unnoticed comments by men in our lives. For non-whites, it infiltrates how they behave when walking down the street, applying for employment and housing, and how they raise their children. Immigrants to the United States today face a whole host of challenges, most recently having their children taken away from them. The LGBTQ+ community faces endless inappropriate stares, comments, and an inability to access life milestones like marriage and children that should be open to every human being.

The hard part is that fixing this kind of under the table discrimination requires that groups that are deemed superior relinquish their power. Those who live privileged lives struggle to recognize their privilege and definitely don't know how to give it up. Some Americans spend time arguing that inequalities no longer exist, while others work towards solving inequalities in ways that just breed more discrimination. Treating women special to reverse centuries of mistreatment just creates a further imbalance, assimilating those of other ethnic backgrounds into our culture just makes them feel more out of place, and as long as we fail to recognize the LGBTQ+ community as "normal", they will fail to feel accepted or supported.

Americans need to be open to being challenged by those who have lived a different life and know a different side of our country. We need to encourage conversation that educates everyone on minority rights issues and those who have lived a life of privilege need to make it their responsibility to learn just how lucky they are. It will take a very long time to create a country where everyone is truly free and equal, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try our hardest right now.

The biggest problem is that whenever we recognize difference, we will create a hierarchy. The solution to discrimination is to stop creating groups and accept everyone as equal human beings and Americans. We need to rid ourselves of gender expectations, sexuality norms, race, and questioning ethnic backgrounds. We are all so much more alike than we realize and choosing to not see our differences makes us more likely to acknowledge similarities. The truth of it is we all have experienced discrimination in some way or another, and we can use our own small or large experiences to empathize with others, hopefully working towards a country and a world that sees everyone as a key member of society that deserves every opportunity to succeed.

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