6 Reasons You Should Consider Going To A Community College

6 Reasons You Should Consider Going To A Community College

My plan was to attend my local community college, earn my A.A then transfer to a university.

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I remember being a senior in high school and hearing all of my friends and classmates talk about their plans to move to a new city or to move out and about their acceptance letters to different universities. Going to a university was not what my plan was. My plan was to attend my local community college, earn my A.A then transfer to a university. At first, going along with this option made me feel like I was on a different path than everyone else but the reality is that we were all heading in the same direction, to get our Bachelor's Degree in whatever we were pursuing. The main difference being, I would graduate with two degrees instead of one... that's not so bad, is it? Here are six reasons why you should consider going to a community college.

1. You didn't save up as much as you would have liked to.

It is not new news that paying to go to a university cost almost an arm and a leg. Tuition at a university is almost double what you would pay at your local community college. By taking the community college path you'll be paying much less for the same classes that you would have to take at a university. For me, doing this gave me much more time to be able to save for when it came time to transfer to my university.

2. You aren't sure what you want to major in.

Going into a community college you don't have to specify what you want to major in. Personally, that took stress off my shoulders because I would be able to figure out what I wanted to go through those 2 years. Throughout those two years, you'll be taking the general required classes you need to be able to earn you A.A degree and taking these classes you can get a taste of potential classes you have to take in your major and decide if it is something you want to do.

3. The transferring process is easy.

Transferring is no problem when you've already earned your A.A degree. Don't be worried that after spending 2 years at a community college, that you won't be able to transfer. Most universities give priority to students who have earned their A.A at a previous institution. As long as from the beginning you know what is required from the university you want to transfer to, then you'll be ok.

4. More personalized attention.

One of the many benefits community colleges is that the classroom sizes are much smaller than the lecture halls in universities. Having smaller classes is very helpful to those that require a little bit more attention and for one on one help. The professors are also very helpful when it comes to office hours if you ever run into any problems.

5. Easy admission policies.

While applying for a university has countless amounts of requirements and policies, the ones needed to apply to a community college are very minimal. Some of the things that you need to apply to your local community college are your high school transcript and some ACT or SAT scores. However, your scores will not keep you from being accepted, they only use those scores to see what classes you place you in if you're going to be taking English and Math classes.

6. They have smaller campuses.

Universities campuses are huge! Having a campus that big can make it intimidating to start classes since you won't be very familiar where everything is. At a community college, the campus size is a lot smaller, therefore, making it easier to get from point A to point B without getting lost on the first day of class.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs / Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out RedBubble for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Gherna

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College Made Me Feel Like I Can't Have Free Time

Every second that I do have free, I feel like I need to be working on some type of homework.

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There's no doubt that college is taxing on most student's mental health. You get to the point where you feel stressed about even breathing. I have hit the point where I feel like I'm permanently affected by the stress that I've dealt with this semester.

I used to have so much free time. Even in my other semesters, I had time to hang out with my friends, work, and even be lazy when I wanted to be.

I was still a good student, I got all my assignments done on time and I worked hard on them, but I never really had an overwhelming workload.

That is, until this semester. I got to a point where work was overwhelming, I was working longer hours than I was used to, and having to spend every second that I wasn't in class or at work doing homework, whether it was just lengthy math problems or writing multiple essays or scripts.

After months of being in this habit, when my workload from both work and school died down and I actually had free time, I didn't know what to do with myself.

When my friends were busy and I just wanted a relaxing day at home, since I felt like I deserved it, I would try to just lay down and rest, either reading a good book or catching up on all the shows that my stress had caused me to miss.

But there was always a voice in the back of my head reminding me of every upcoming assignment. I would start thinking about the essay due the next week, or a test that I could be studying for ahead of time.

That voice kept telling me I was being unproductive and wasting my time if I wasn't getting ahead on school work when I finally had the time.

And so I'm still in a position, at the end of the semester, where I feel like I'm wasting my time every time I lay down and just want to take a nap because I'm exhausted from running between work and school. I'm trying to fight myself and tell myself that I am allowed to be lazy for at least a little bit, and I don't need to be constantly working.

Hopefully, that voice wins over, especially with summer coming up. With all of the free time, I'll have since I won't have to stress about school, hopefully, I'll be able to better balance my busy days with my lazy days.

I know this is probably an issue for many college students who are overwhelmed with everything that they have to do. Hopefully, summer break is a nice break for all of us and it gives us the chance to get the free time that we all deserve for surviving this semester, and the school year overall.

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