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Community College Saved My Life

Many people down talk community college, but I'm here to tell you, that it saved my life.... Like most teens, making their departure from high school, I was confused. Being one of the first people in my family to attend college, I had so many unanswered questions. What's next, where do I start, what do I want to be etc.... The list was endless. I felt so alone.

I knew I had to do something, so I started by applying to as many colleges as I could. Most of my choices were based on where my "friends" were applying to. Months went by, and I was accepted to several colleges, but that only fueled the fire of my confused soul. Where was I going to go? I didn't even know the next step to attending college. Why couldn't it be as simple as applying, getting accepted, and then attending classes?

I also wanted the option of going to school for free. I was an average student, so I felt that others would probably beat me out of scholarship opportunities, considering I only had about a month left in high school, and the application deadline for most scholarships had already pasted.

After carefully reviewing my options, that when I decided to give community college a shot. I called several of the local city colleges to speak with the basketball coaches. I knew I was no athlete, but I had a way with people. I met up with one of the coaches, and was offered a full (2yr) scholarship to be the team manager, and received a promise to get a scholarship to a 4yr college/university to complete my B.A. What a blessing that was.

I'm sure most people would have laughed at the idea of being team manager, but I attended school for free, traveled every weekend, and I didn't feel alone. The coach, professors, staff and players were very helpful. When I did get to the next step (university), I knew just what to do.

Community college allowed me to stand out, when I may have been considered average at a 4yr institution. While there, I received a high G.P.A, which led to my full ride for the rest of my college career. I obtained an A.A degree. This came in very handy. Just imagine, in the event that I was unable to continue my education or decided to postpone it, it felt good knowing that I had something to fall back on. I learned a lot while working on my degree. Now that I am now a working class adult, it feels good knowing that I don't have any student loans, and I still have a great relationship with the college basketball coach.

This is something I felt you must know

Some benefits of community college:

1.) Cheaper

2.) Smaller

3.) Easier (in many cases)

4.) You will receive a 2yr degree (A.A)

5.) degrees and credits are transferable

That's just to name a few! Hope you enjoyed my blog. Please leave any questions and/or comments. I truly hope this helps someone in their life decision!

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