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Whether some are willing to admit it or not, there is such a stigma surrounding community colleges and the students that attend them. Some may believe that these students may not be realizing their full potential or that a four year college is the way to go to ensure that you receive a quality post-secondary education. The idea of attending a four year college is a feat worthy of being celebrated, indeed, yet it becomes quite easy for some to dismiss the idea of attending a two year institution.

Maybe, this is due to the fact that during high school, as we navigate those dizzying four years, it seems as if there is more of a push for students to attend a four year college as they ponder their futures but a four year college is not the only way for students to receive a quality education.

The Cost

It is no secret that college has become increasingly expensive and it looks like it will only continue to do so as the years progress. This has made it very difficult for those who have potentially dreamt of attending a specific institution to be able to do so and at times, even with the utilization of scholarships and grants, it still may not be enough to supplement the cost of attending a four year college. A two year college is a great way for students who are looking to continue their education without the high cost of a four year institution.

The Transition

College is an overwhelming time for all students and regardless of whether or not you choose to attend a two year or four year college, it is difficult for all students, especially when high school is now over and are moving on to what may seem like a whole different world. At a two year college, you do not need to pack up your life and move on somewhere else, and this is good news for students who do not feel entirely ready for a four year institution. With a two year college, you can still hold on to the familiarity of home and the area in which you live (unless, you decide to attend a community college out of state) while still maintaining the college feel through the courses now available to you and the people that you will meet. You may see a lot more familiar faces at a two year college than a four year one but you are still being exposed to people from all walks of life, as you would be at a four year college.

Newsflash: It Is Still College!

Some people have this idea that a two year college is not the same level as a four year institution due to their perception of what a college is ‘meant’ to be: you moving away with boxes of things in the car as you prepare to spend the next four years of your life (or longer!) in a dorm with a roommate to discover what you feel you are meant to pursue both as a career and in life. You encountering a variety of people, you spying some sororities and fraternities here and there, you joining the numer of clubs and organizations that the college has to offer, and so on and so forth. While it is nice to have those aspects within a college to certainly make the experience more enjoyable, the most important reason as to why you are attending is to receive an education and while it may cost less to attend a two year institution, money is still being spent to ensure that you are receiving that.

As aforementioned, college is a drastic change from what we are all used to. It can be overwhelming and nerve wracking moving on from what you have known to get closer to what you feel that you are destined to do. Whether you are attending a four year college or a two year institution, have faith that you are receiving a proper education because, in the end, that is all that matters.

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  1. Rich on March 12, 2017

    I would seriously reconsider attending a community college. I made the biggest mistake of my life, when I decided to attend a community college.

    I graduated with a 3.56 GPA, but I was NOT ABLE to transfer to a four year college to earn my Bachelors degree. Since I was an incoming junior, I was advised by many four year colleges, that there was no room for me in their college. I knew employees at some of the four year colleges and in some cases, graduates from the four year colleges, but it meant nothing. I was not able to earn a Bachelors degree.

    I had wasted two years of my time and thousands of dollars, only to have to stop my education, because I could not transfer. I have made it my personal campaign to do everything possible to inform anyone, who is considering attending a community college, to make another choice. You may save money, but it means nothing if you can’t transfer.

    Many community colleges state that “you can transfer to any instate four year college.” Remember, a fisherman won’t tell you the fish is spoiled.

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