Many people are starting school again either this month or next. And if you just graduated high school, there is one thing that you should know- do not be embarrassed to go to community college. Just because all of your friends and classmates are attending four years colleges, doesn’t mean you have to also. You can attend a community college or trade school and still have a successful future.
And if you want to continue your education after that, then by all means, do it, but don’t feel pressured. Earning an Associate’s Degree or Certificate can get you a lot of jobs.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend community college.
You Save Money
Let’s face it, college is expensive, and we all love to save money, right? Going to a community college or trade school saves you a ton of money in the long run. You pay per class instead of a price per semester. Of course, you still have to buy books and supplies, but you save on room and board, meal plans, etc. Community college is cheaper than some private high schools. When you have to pay loans in the future, you will be thankful that it is less than half of what those who went to a four-year college owes. Plus, you can still get financial aid, so why not?
You Might Not Know What You Want To Study
Many people have no idea what they want to study, even after graduating high school. You’re young, you don’t know your whole future yet. Community college can help you with that. Whether you want to earn a certificate for a certain career like Dental Hygienist, Automotive Technology, EMT training, etc., you can do all of that at a community college.
Or if you literally have no idea what you want to take up and want to get school out of the way, attend community college. You will take the same gen eds that you take at a four-year college while saving money. They have a variety of courses that you can choose from, especially if you enroll as a Liberal Arts student, and one course may lead you on the path to your future career.
You Can Stay Close To Home
Not many community colleges allow you to stay on campus (if they even have a campus), so if you are someone who wants to stay home for the first few years, community college is the way to go. You can have a great work-life balance, work your current job, take care of your kids, etc. So, if you are someone who gets home sick easily or doesn’t want to pay for a dorm/apartment/public transportation, this is definitely the way to go. Sure, you will spend money on gas, but that’s anywhere you go. Plus, maybe you could find some friends to carpool with.
Smaller Class Sizes
Smaller class sizes are so much better than large lecture halls. You really get to know your fellow classmates and professors. You start to feel like a little family and can get more one-on-one attention if you need it, because there may be 20 students compared to 100. You feel less pressure to present in front of the class and will probably get your papers and test grades back quicker because they do not have a ton to grade.
No SAT Scores Required For Admission
If you bombed your SATs for whatever reason and you are afraid colleges won’t take you, don’t worry. You do not need SAT scores for community college. All they need are your transcripts. So, if you have good grades, you will get accepted. Mostly everyone gets accepted to community college. And if you don’t have the best grades, you can use that time to improve them. That way when you transfer to a four-year college, they still don’t need your SAT scores. You can just send over your transcripts and transfer credits.