|The months leading up to making what I thought was one of the biggest decisions of my life was anything but calm. I had to work on college apps while trying to manage my time for the AP classes I was taking. I would say it was very hard and also very stressful. I never considered not being accepted into any of the colleges I applied to. I figured I was a good enough student with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. When the time came to get acceptance letters back, I was excited. I thought by the end of September, I would be packing my bags for the drive down to UC San Diego.
But things did not work out in the way I planned them to. I was not accepted into UC San Diego and that really brought my spirits down. Even more so because my best friend got into the school I wanted to go to. I was devastated and bitter about it for a while.
I never thought I would be going to a community college first rather than going to a four-year university straight out of high school. It gradually became a thought after talking to multiple people, especially my high school counselors and college adviser. They helped me through the process and told me all of the good things about community college. I even had a couple of people tell me they would rather be going to a community college than a four-year university. From then on, I changed my perspective. I am now actually very happy that I am attending a community college instead of going straight to a four-year university. I am saving on the cost of completing my general ed at a JC. I am also working part time so I can save up some money before transferring. Hopefully, I will not have to take out any loans due to all the money I will be saving.
Being at a community college for almost a month, I can truly say that it is very diverse. You meet people from all walks of life. My classes have students who’s age ranges from being 17-73. There are also a lot of great people at community college and they all have their own original and interesting story to tell.