I still remember my senior year of high school, when I had to start applying to colleges. Being a first-generation college student, the application process was new to my family and I. But each night after dinner, we would sit down and fill out a couple more applications. Of all the colleges and universities I applied to, I never once even considered a community college.
Now that I have graduated from a four-year university, and am continuing my education here at Warner, I can look back at the decisions that have brought me to where I am today. The reason I bring this up is because I am taking a course that focuses on the American Community College. This course interested me because as a senior in high school, a community college never even seemed like an option. I thought it was built in the mold that I would graduate from high school, and then attend a four-year university. I never even stopped to think of any other options.
I must say that I would not have changed one thing about how everything turned out. I loved my four years at the University of Rochester and wouldn’t trade them in for anything, but I am interested in figuring out why it was that I bypassed the community college as an option.
There are a couple different reasons why I might not have considered attending a community college. One was that none of my friends were applying to community colleges. Community colleges to me never seemed like the norm. They seemed more like the safety net. Another reason could be because at college fairs I attended and colleges that visited my high schools were predominantly all four-year institutions. I would constantly see these big schools that would impress the students with how high they are in the college rankings. That type of appeal worked on me.
So for me, community colleges never crossed my mind. But now that I am taking a course on them I see that they do in fact have a lot to offer, and for many students, community colleges are the best choice for them. Many classmates that I have met here at Warner also spent time at a community college over the course of their education, so I am looking forward to learning what they are all about.