Negative Stigma: Community College

Hey guys!

I'm back with another college related post it has been on my mind a lot lately. This summer has been very hectic with an internship, college applications, and a very grueling summer class. It seems like nowadays those are the only things that matter to me now. These thoughts are definitely due for another post coming soon.

But today, I wanna talk to you guys about community college.

Coming from a somewhat elitist* high school, most of my former friends have moved on to university, while I'm still stuck in San Diego commuting to a CC that's 25 minutes away. Out of my group of friends, I was only one of very few people that ended up going to community college while the others left.

This can take a toll on your mind, and especially on your self-esteem.

I feel lucky that I went to community college when I did because I think that was when it was becoming a more accepted situation. I remember being in middle school and thinking that going to community college was the equivalent of impending doom and it was just because you're stupid, but that's not exactly the case.

For my case, it was. I was a horrible high school student as I have said before, and I didn't really have a choice for school; my grades weren't even eligible to apply. I'm not saying I'm stupid, my grades now can vouch for that, but school just wasn't a priority like it was for most.

What some need to realize is that going to CC if due to many reasons. It could be finances, transferring, or some people just aren't ready. So I think it's time that we put that stigma that community college is for "idiots" to rest. When I told people that I was going to CC, I can't tell you how many times people said, "Good for you!" when I could literally see the judgement through their fake-ass smile. Here's some of the advantages:

Honestly, if you're going to judge me for it, at least be honest and tell me, at least some did.

My best advice I could give to someone who is just like me two years ago: don't listen. Believe me, karma will bite them in the ass sooner or later. When you transfer to that awesome school, or land a bomb career, you won't even have to worry about those negative people ever again.

Many of America's greatest people went to CC: Walt Disney, Eileen Collins, Tom Hanks, etc. So why is it that in this modern society, community college is still frowned upon?

Now while you scroll through your Facebook and see those sorority photos and frat parties, remember that you have goal, and whatever that is, it will bring great things.

Going to community college was the best decision of my life, with a solid GPA, I can pretty much transfer to most schools with ease. There's always a struggle before the finish line; staying home with my parents is not my most desired situation, but it is what it is.

I have realized that I've become a much more independent person with my studies and I think that is really going to prepare me for the real world. It's going to only get harder, and I can't wait for what life is going to throw at me.

As always, I love you guys and I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Stay beautiful .x

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