To Community College or Not To Community College, That Is the Question! (With Apologies to Bill)

A very good friend asked me to address the following question about attending a community college, so I thought I would share my response this month. “What will the student be giving up in bonding/relationship/experience/alumni/networking benefits if they don’t go the 4 year route….what’s the trade off there? (beside financial).” I saw this question and knew it would take way more than a few lines of cheerleading the community colleges to answer it completely.  You are asking for custom made cost/benefit analysis in an off the rack world of education and life, but I will give it a go. Let me begin by saying, I always counsel kids and parents to apply to baccalaureate granting institutions.  But, simultaneously, especially in our state, that should include “applying” to community colleges.  I have “applying” in quotes because students get into wherever they ‘apply’ for community college.  It takes little time to apply, and by getting the application in, it moves students up the … [Read more...]

Finding the Fit: Cali Boy

Hi friends. I am a 19 year old community college student in California. I will be applying to universities for the Fall of 2014 and am preparing applications now (as a TAG student). I have decided to apply to mostly UC campuses, as well as a few CSU campuses.  After researching the different options available to me last year, I feel that the UC system would be the best avenue for me to take. Their ties to the California Community College system as well as their affordability make them an extremely tempting option. Furthermore, many of these schools are well respected academically and many friends and counselors I have spoken to recommend these universities as an excellent place to continue my education. To prepare for this journey I have followed a few steps I would recommend to any student looking to transfer successfully. Step 1 is simple: Work hard in your classes. Community college is different from high school in a lot of ways, but for me personally I noticed immediately that … [Read more...]

Finding the Fit: 24 and Overboard

I used to joke that college would be the best 10 years of my life, but somehow 6 years later that joke isn't so funny anymore. Back in the fall of 2007, I was a wide-eyed college freshman: lost, dazed, and confused. I knew I had to take the basics: math, English, science, and history, and that I would have to eventually declare a major. Oh the M-word! I didn't even know where to start. It seemed like every new class I took made me want to major in that field. Fast forward 4 years later and I was still lost. Having been a theater major, poli-sci major, communications major, business major, and anthropology major, all I discovered was what I didn't want to do. It was time to raise my white flag and ask for help. I sought the advice of professionals at the counseling office, and was told to take a college success course. That class changed my life, and helped me discover my true passion for journalism. Two years later, I raise my white flag once again. While I no longer wonder what … [Read more...]