So you want to go to college but you mostly wasted you time in high school. You never took you SAT’s and have lots of C’s on your transcripts. Never fear, community college is here. I know what you are thinking, ‘there is no way I’m going to the 13th grade. Those schools are just high schools with cigarettes. To this I say “No way!” Community college is your ticket to the cheapest and easiest Bachelor’s degree ever.
The first two years of college is just general education. All colleges offer the same courses no matter how expensive they are. So the snobs at USC are spending $20,000 for the same education you could get at your local community college for about $1,500. All you have to do is get great grades (I’m talking straight A’s, which is very doable) and complete the school’s transfer core. Within two years you will be ready to transfer to the school of your dreams and graduate within the next two years with your name on that beautiful piece of paper. But you need some more details.
The first thing you need to do is talk to a counselor at the community college as soon as possible. Tell them where you want to transfer to and they will tell you exactly what you need to do to get there. Your counselor will sit down with you and plan you classes for the next two years, this plan is called the transfer core. Be sure to stay in close contact with your counselor, that person will be your best friend for the next two years.
Here’s a tip – join a sport. I joined the water polo and swim teams even though I was not very good at either one. I did it for the exercise and for the academic perks all athletes get. First off, all student athletes get priority registration. That means they get the first pick of classes. That is huge when choosing the best times and teachers for particular courses. The second advantage is the personal academic counseling athletes also receive. Athletic counselors seem to have a leg up on the regular ones. They always seem to know who the better teachers are and which ones will be more understanding. These counselors need to know this since many of their students need to travel for meets and games. Sending their students to the right teacher will yield better results and grades.