I recently deferred on my acceptance to a state univeristy in my area, which is odd for me because I have always been dead set on staying as far away from community college as possible- it’s always been my opinion that there was just an element that a community college lacked. I am currently not attending school at all and I need to decide if I want to begin university in the spring or go to community college in the spring. I know CC will be much cheaper in the long-run but, any other thoughts/experiences from others that could help me with this decision?
When I was fresh out of high school I went to one of the top art schools in the country. Then I went a tad bit overboard with my behaviors (substance abuse, self injury and bulimia) and had to enter treatment. That was 3.5 years ago. Now I am a city I hate and attending CC for the first time since I left NYC. I tend to get down on myself a lot because I know where I was and where I am now… but just remember, you can ALWAYS change your mind. You can take classes as CC and switch over to a university when it's more affordable and you feel ready. That is my plan, to go back to my school when I;ve proved to myself I can handle it.
If you do a community for two years or so then transfer it would do you very well with the education and for your wallet, and you get the best of both that way. You get the core credits out the way and can focus more on what you're majoring when you do get to Uni.
I honestly prefer CC over Uni. It's a good start to get your first two years, it's cheaper, and you get the same instruction, if not better. A lot of the classes are smaller, and they're usually really big on community involvement. University has a more 'college' feel, with a bit more independence, (if you live on campus), but costs much more. I went my Freshman year to a private university, and loved the atmosphere, but it was too costly, and I found myself slacking off a bit more. I plan on going to a Uni next year, when my basic classes are done and I start taking more specialized ones.
I'm going to a community college and I don't see what the huge problem is with it. The people are great, the feel of the teachers is great, and I like that you get to have a more personal experience with the teacher than being another face in a lecture hall of 200 people. The teacher knows my name and is willing to personally help me.The cost is great, you get to save tons and tons of money. I dunno. Maybe you're missing the "college experience" but you can always go two years at a CC, get an Associates Degree, then go to a University for a BA.
You get from college what you put into it. If you go to any school, and study hard, and focus on your education, you will learn a great deal, and be ahead on the job market later on. No school is going to teach you, if you don't learn to study, and no amount of money spent on college or university is going to guarantee you a safe future if you're not determined to build it yourself. I have studied at both high-end and low-end colleges, and I learned exactly as much as I put into studying in both places. An institution's prestige matters less than your own will to learn. With how expensive college is over there, I'd try to get the cheapest option, and then I'd study hard to do well, and in my spare time, try to develop competitive skills for the job market...
I go to a CC and get a great education. So many of my friends say they've wasted their money and time on a University. You can always transfer too if you don't like a CC. It's just societies sigma, that U's are better than CC.