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The Student News Site of Georgia Highlands College

Six Mile Post

The Student News Site of Georgia Highlands College

Six Mile Post

Community college has its benefits

Community college has its benefits

During the holidays, I found myself hiding from going to any parties or get-togethers with my high school friends.

A majority of my classmates went off to D-1 schools and got the chance to have the college experience of having roommates, meeting new people and being in a new city. I, on the other-hand, had to save my money and go to the local community college.

Of the friends that I still keep in touch with, some know what I have been up to while others do not. With that unknown comes the question that I hate answering, “So, what have you been up to?”

I hesitate, swallow my shame and explain that I attend Georgia Highlands College. Though once these words slip off my tongue, the judgment begins, and I’m asked why.

I try to explain my plan for the future, but in most cases I never get to finish. So I avoided the awkward parties where I would see all my happy friends and hear about their crazy stories about that one time in their dorms.

Towards the end of my break, I was so worn out from working that all I wanted to do was see my friends for New Years. At this point, I wasn’t so concerned with all the questions that follow “hello.” As I began to talk and exchange the semester’s gossip, the big question came up from one of my friends.

I answered that I go to GHC and that after 30 credit hours I am transferring to possibly Georgia State University.

Their intrigued faces convinced me to tell them my whole plan I have for the next few years.

As I finished one of my friends says, “Wow, you have it all figured out! I’m jealous that you know what you want to do in life.” I was shocked by how much my friends envied my plan and how much I was wrong about what people thought about transfer students.

I didn’t feel like I was missing out on the true college experience anymore. I knew that I’d get my chance to show everyone that has ever judged me that I can make it to a big league school too.

It’s only one year away till I can finally start my true college life, and all I have to do is wait.



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    Alexandra MacMurdoJan 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent article, Brooke. I am glad that you wrote this because our GHC students need to know that they can have their cake and eat it, too. Our students receive the best of both worlds: a quality education at GHC by getting their first two years completed at a lower price (and a higher rate of success) and then after transferring to the institution of choice, they get to finish their undergraduate degree that states they graduated from a 4 year institution. Our students should be proud of the education they are receiving at GHC because the instructors here truly care about the academic success of their students.