The last place that I wanted to go to was Midland College. No offense to the school or its faculty, but I wanted to leave Midland more than anything as a senior in high school.
My desire to strong to move away, acquire new responsibilities, attend a prestigious university and join a sorority. I thought I was ready to leave the nest, when in reality, I was most certainly not.
Although it was my year-long intention as a senior to go to a university for my first year of college, towards the end of the school year, with a little persuasion from my father, I decided on attending MC for a year. It turned out to be the smartest decision I have made academically.
Attending a large university as a freshman can be overwhelming with thousands of students on campus, several different professors throwing a syllabus at you and threatening you about missing your final exams.
Starting at a community college not only prepares you academically for a university, but you also get into the swing of things as you learn how a college campus works.
For example, you understand professors, their rules and their attitudes. A majority of the professors are not very lenient— welcome to college. Some students still expect their instructors to hold their hands and say, “it’s okay.”
It’s a rude awakening for these students; it’s just not high school anymore.
Not to say I was one of those students or anything, but as a freshman, I did have to learn the hard way about college professors.
No matter how much you explain some obstacle, they aren’t going to budge. I glad I learned that lesson at a community college instead of a university.
MC has helped me out financially as well. MC offers a multitude of scholarships. I have had my school basically paid for this semester, versus spending around $20,000 at the university I was planning on going to.
Maturity is a big thing that happens— or needs to happen— during the first year of college. Students need to realize that they can’t go to bars every night and rely on ridiculous amounts of caffeine to get them through the day.
College isn’t a party. Many freshmen learn the hard way that academics need to come before partying, and it takes maturity to follow through with that concept.
All of these lessons could be learned at a university, but I can imagine how much harder it would have been. I wasn’t ready to go off just yet, and I know many other students who feel the same way.
It was time for me to buckle my seat belt and get down to business.
I have friends who either failed or got kicked out of their university because they were just simply not ready for the responsibility.
They all ended up at a community college and I can’t help but think, why didn’t they start there in the first place?