I wanted to dedicate a blog post to my experience attending a community college. Community colleges get a bad rap, but I think there are a lot of benefits. Obviously, you save money, but depending on where you go, the credits are easier to transfer, too. I went to community college for a semester because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in yet. I had changed my mind a lot and wanted to take some classes and figure out what I liked before I committed to anything. Luckily, with my arts degree, I could do exactly that. I knew within a few days that I hated anatomy & phys, which ruled out a health major for me altogether. I took psychology and was decent at it but didn’t love it. I couldn’t wait to be done with my writing class. My art appreciation class was my favorite, and by then it made sense for me to major in art history. I had ruled out pretty much everything else I’d been considering.
If I had gone straight to college, I would have jumped into a major right away. I would still be majoring in interior design…shudder. Instead, I had the opportunity to try a variety of classes at a low cost and earn some general credits.
Transferring is a bit of a hassle, depending on who you’re working with. If you have a good counselor, it’s not a huge deal. I decided to transfer because I knew I wouldn’t be happy at community college long-term. I thought “the college experience” didn’t matter much to me, but it did. By October, I felt like I was missing out and wanted to try something new. I was thrilled when I found out I could be at Kent by spring.
At community college, my social life fell on the back burner, which was fine for a few months, but it’s an integral part of college. I need some forced social interaction to make friends (I won’t usually seek out opportunities on my own) so I wanted to go to a bigger school. (I should mention that I didn’t make a huge effort to join clubs or anything- I kind of figured I wouldn’t be staying long, and at the beginning of the semester I didn’t have the time.) I didn’t transfer because I felt like my education was low-quality; it wasn’t. I just wanted more campus life.
I also knew I wanted a fresh start. I wanted the experience of living away from home, meeting new people, and starting over on my own. I’m lucky enough to be getting exactly that.
In short- community college is not less than “regular college.” You go to class, you study, you take exams. It just wasn’t right for me.
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