I recently sat down with Dr. Alicia Dowd, associate professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, to talk about the importance of community colleges, as well as their problems and issues.
Wow. Reading this article/interview was amazing. I already felt that community colleges offered so much, but this article made me feel that without community colleges, nothing could go right. I feel like I was slapped on the face with so much information. The article talked about the importance of community college, why there's a low completion rate and how to fix it. As I prepare myself to go to college, I know that this article will forever be in me. Maybe not word for word, but I will know the importance of what I am doing. This article gives me a little piece of "hope" to hang on to as I strive to complete my studies and get a degree/degrees. Instead of feeling like a failure for not going straight to a University, I can feel content in being able to go to a school.
I had researched about the different community colleges around my area (for one of my goals), and Shoreline appeared to be the best out of all. I believe this mainly because of the crazy amount of degrees and programs they offer. Because I have so many interests, I had a hard time to figure out what I wanted to major in. But because I know that Shoreline has so many degrees and classes offered, it encourages me to choose this school out of the many other community colleges in Washington. The website of the college had all the information I was looking for. I found it useful while deciding which college to attend, and I will make sure to utilize it even more in the future.
Although this article talked about how 40% of science majors switched, it gave advice and information about how to stick with a challenging major in general. Personally, I tend to be very indecisive and doubtful so I have a hard time sticking with one thing only. I like to skip around and go back and fourth between things, but with something important like a college major, there are factors that make it hard to do so. The article suggested that if you wanted to stick with your major, you should "get the help you need, make the sacrifices you need to make, and take the steps you need to in order to create a non-distracting study environment." These steps seem to be easy, but just as the phrase states, easier said then done. this article is valuable to me because it helped me realize even more that I need to step it up and start to discipline myself so I can succeed in college. I am optimistic, and am hoping for the best.
As I read through this article, I still found it hard to truly understand college financial aid. There are so many things that I have to know and understand to be able to successfully go through college without falling into deep debt. I realized that one small, bad choice could cause an enormous problem. This article gave a guide and tips to help others understand what steps to take in order to make the best choices. It was valuable to me because I had never really thought about how important payments are for college until I read this. It made me thankful that I chose to start off at a community college and transfer, because I know that I'm not going through this hard time managing my money.
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While reading this article, I found it amazing that there were so many benefits of just doing what you're passionate about. Through playing their hearts out on the piano, which they all seem to love, they had a chance to get a $5,000 scholarship, along with confidence and less nervousness/anxiety. They weren't just winning; Each one of them were "becoming a better musician", as Rebecca Marriott Champion stated. My interest in piano and music in general started since I was 7 years old, and each year that I continue to invest my time in these interests, I realize how much of a difference it has in my life. As I continue to look for what I want to major in, I'll remember this article and will keep in mind that through simple interests and passions, I can accomplish much more than I could ever think of accomplishing.
I really had to decide whether it would be better for me to go to a 4- year University or a community college, and it was difficult. I had to think about all the factors going into this decision, like money, my grades, transportation, etc. While reading this short and sweet article, I realized that although a University "looks better," I would be better off starting at a college in the community. My family isn't loaded with cash, and I'm not in desperate need of getting a stable job since I'm only 17; I have all the time in the world so why not take things slow, right? Live life while I'm young, and then settle down a little bit later. This article stated the benefits of getting an education through community college. I completely agree with all of what it is saying and plan on attending a community college soon. If I decide to change my mind, I can always transfer those credits to a university and then continue on from there! Taking the safe road, I learned, is always a better decision than taking the strange one and getting lost.
There are all sorts of areas and a variety of majors, some paying more than others but in general, college graduates will earn more money during their lifetime than those without a college education or degree.
I was always skeptical about the whole college system due to the fact that I knew so many people who have succeeded without having a college education, and sometimes even without a high school education. This encouraged me to be more independent by doing things that were impactful to me other than school, but at the same time, it discouraged me to try as hard. When I read this article, I felt like it was pointless; I barely got through high school, how am I going to spend years studying and trying hard to finish my degree? When I read through it over and over again, I thought about my life with a finished degree and without a finished degree. I can't seem to shake off the thought of not completing something in life... especially because it's one of my pet peeves, not finishing something. Completing this degree, I feel, would be so much more beneficial than what it seems; there's the boost of confidence you get, the feeling of being complete, the traits you grow from spending time in college, the people you meet throughout the years, etc. I realized that nothing holds me back besides myself. I often doubt myself and underestimate the things that I'm capable of, so this article gave me a boost and really uplifted me from thinking so lowly of myself. It pretty much said to me, "get yo shiz done."
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My thoughts: Throughout high school, as much as I loved paying attention and learning in class, hanging out with friends and meeting cool people & teachers, I hated the fact that most of this information that we learned wouldn't be going into what we really, truly need for the future. This article confirms what I used to and still believe in. It states that the impact of education on employment/a career is less than the amount of skills you have. While pondering the information from this article, I realized that although taking classes in college may seem pointless because the information isn't needed for employment, the skills you get from attending college and devoting your time to your education are irreplacable. Through experiences and encounters, character is grown and discipline is created. You learn more about yourself and the world. That is what pushes me to go to college, even though a part of me refuses, due to the fact that the information is not as important.
A picture really is worth a thousand words. That is one of the sole reasons why photography will always be a hobby and interest of mine. Pictures preserve memories and they depict feelings. There are stories behind each and every picture. While browsing through these pictures, I really felt the emotion behind them. I was glad that they were available for me to see. In the future, I want to be a ble to share my own photography; to be able to capture my feelings and emotions in one shot. I realize that even though photography could not be my main major, I definitely want to minor in it and remember life through pictures, because even though memories fade, pictures remain forever.