I'm Satisfied With Settling For Community College Life

I'm Satisfied With Settling For Community College Life

It's time to denote the stigma against community colleges.

I’m going to a community college and that does not make me lesser than those accepted into the universities. No one ever said this to me. No one came up to me and insulted my choice in colleges, however it was an internal conflict that I still have to come to terms with myself.

As my senior year of high school came to a close and many of my classmates began to get their acceptance letters, teachers began to ask where everyone was accepting the offer.

There was redhead Cam, who was one of the most intelligent girls in our class, who got accepted into her first choice, but could have gone on to any university she wanted to regardless of the money. There was Sandy, the spunky raven haired know it all that applied to multiple schools and got accepted to Virginia Tech, and so did her boyfriend. Andrea was the athlete, gorgeous and bright, and kind hearted despite our arguments. She was my only friend who stuck around, and she was accepted into yet another university which I do not remember right at this moment.

One by one I begin to notice that for the most part, my class was all going to the bigger campuses. Come august, they would be packing for their dorm room, finding their way in the world, growing into an independent young man or woman- and part of me was completely and utterly envious.

When our teacher reached me, she looked risen browed and expectant for something along the lines of VCU or UVA, but what came out was the lowest of the low- John Tyler. I can’t deny there is a twinge of embarrassment as I admit it, after all- it’s no Mary Washington. But I am confident with this, and I know why I chose it.

When I say lowest of the Low, I want to clarify that John Tyler is a good college. The instructors and staff are kind, the campus is easy to get around, the library is among one of my favorite places to do work and I get a lot done with the focus I am able to maintain. That being said, there is a stigma to community colleges.

When I answer with my college of choice, I get multiple reactions- most of which are positive. My homeroom teacher said that it was “still a college” and told me (as well as a few other students) to stop prefacing it with “just John Tyler.” and my specialty teacher told me it was a smart decision as well, and agreed with my logic listed below.

That being said, there are some reactions that reinforce the idea that my decision may have been a waste, such as the way my guidance counselor asked if I was sure, because I could go to a better school and university, or the pitiful “oh” and short nod when Sandy heard, and the way she had to force herself to rationalize why it was a good option.

Community college is often seen as the last resort. Community college is seen as the option you have when no one else will accept you, or the option you have when you missed a few years and want to pick up where you left off. It is the option that people view to be the easiest way, because everyone can get into it! There is no hierarchy as long as you have decent grades and a placement test, your set!

But the truth is, I’m satisfied with settling. Even with my straight A’s and my GPA being high enough for a Longwood or Liberty or ODU or maybe even Mary Baldwin. I learned to take pride in the idea that maybe community college was not a cop out or a waste of my perfectly decent grades.

With community college, there is less of a price to pay. With scholarships and grants, I was only force to pull a hundred dollars from my savings account for the first semester- and that hundred went towards two half priced textbooks, and while room and board does help with the social life, it adds to the cost. The money which I set aside is going to be used for internships, or so I plan.

With community college, I am able to see my young niece and nephew, and to participate in family gatherings as well as school functions.

With community college, I can focus more on my future, and my opportunities that may cost me as well. While this is not entirely impossible at a university, it helps that there is not a party atmosphere where I am, as I am easily distracted and need grounding.

Community college has it’s flaws, and I can see the appeal of university, but this in truth is not to persuade anyone that community college is better than University, but instead denote the stigma that is that community college is the weaker option, and teenagers don’t need to waste time or money on two years of universities if starting at a community college is a plausible solution. As long as I get my degree, who cares where the credits came from?

A name is just a name.

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If College Majors Were Types Of Coffee

Different coffee styles have different personalities - just like college students.

Everyone knows college students love their coffee. Without this delicious drink of pure happiness, college students wouldn’t be able to stay up late cramming for exams, hanging out with friends, or having a late-night Netflix binge. Just like coffee, there are many different types of college students, from pre-med to English to history. Here are the different majors, described as different styles of coffee.

1. Chemistry - Macchiato

A lot has to go in to make the perfect chemistry major: just like a perfect macchiato. The double shot of espresso is needed for the all night study sessions crammed in before exams 2-3 days a week, and the small dot of foamed milk is the passion that every one of these students have for their area of expertise: whether it’s, pre-med, research, forensics, or any other type of chemistry.

2. Art – Latte

Lattes are made with espresso, steamed milk, and milk froth on top. The milk froth is usually used for a beautiful decoration on the top. Like art majors, lattes can be seen in all different shapes and styles. Creativity is key in art majors and latte’s alike!

3. Education – Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are the milkshake to the coffee world, filled with many different sugary flavors, whipped cream, and sauces. The sugar-induced rush will help you keep up with the children during the day, and the small amount of coffee will keep you up to make plenty of lesson plans!

4. Music – Café Americano

A café Americano is made with two things: espresso and hot water. Music majors are made with two things: music and practicing. The two both require simplicity yet perfection and have no time for excessive things (like milk or free time).

5. Accounting – Iced Coffee

Too much ice leaves the drink watery. Not enough ice leads to a lukewarm, unsatisfying cup of coffee. Only the perfect ratio of coffee to ice makes this drink the ideal drink for accounting majors.

6. History – Flat White

With flat white coffee, you either love it or hate it – just like history. Neither are common, but those who love history or flat whites are 100% compassionate about it.

6. Biology – Mocha

Biology majors need coffee: a lot of it. Hence, the double shot of espresso. Biology majors also need sweetness, hence the chocolate in a mocha. Biology is the perfect blend of the lab and the real world, just like a mocha coffee is the perfect blend of chocolate and coffee. Biology majors and mochas make the world go around and bring a little bit of sweetness to this bitter world.

7. Communications – Affogato

To the outside world, communication majors seem perfectly put together. However, a lot goes into being a good communication major: just like a lot goes into making the perfect affogato. From making the perfect shot of espresso to making the perfect ice cream to pair, communication majors and affogato are perfect together: just like coffee and ice cream.

8. Psychology – Decaffeinated

Psychology majors know the importance of sleep and know that caffeine messes up your sleep cycle. Decaffeinated coffee is perfect for psych majors – and for their sleep.

9. English – a shot of espresso

Most types of coffee begin with espresso. Just like espresso, most of our civilization begins with the English language. English majors and espresso alike are stable to live.

10. Business – Espresso con Panna

Espresso con Panna is a simple shot of espresso with whipped cream. Business majors are a stable, just like the espresso, but add a little pizzazz to life: the whipped cream. Business majors know how to do work and have fun, just like the con Panna.

11. Nursing – Ristretto

Ristretto is a smaller amount of liquid with a higher concentration of caffeine. Nursing students are constantly on the go and need energy without spending a lot of time drinking a load of coffee – and having to frequently use the bathroom to get rid of it. The ristretto is perfect for any and all nursing majors!

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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.


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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