After I graduated from Beacon High in 2008, I attended Dutchess Community College. There were many positives, but also negatives to this decision. I was able to save a lot of money by living with my parents rather than dorming on campus. Tuition rates of community college are way cheaper than a four years school.
When I graduated in 2010 with an associate’s degree, I left with no debt, something that many college students cannot avoid. Not only was I financially stable, but I was able to have a fulltime job while being a fulltime student as well.
The one thing that I do regret is not being able to form the sense of community like a student dorming on campus can. There were programs and clubs that were provided for students at Dutchess but, as I have heard from many the experience is not the same.
My day at Dutchess consisted of driving to school, going to class, and heading to work. I kept to myself a lot of the time because I would rarely see the people on campus, only in class. From what I have noticed the difference between Community college and a four years school is that due to the opportunity to reside on campus, people build stronger bonds. Students become more aware of opportunities to socialize, thus building stronger networks. I on the other hand was not on campus long enough to fully get involved. I do not regret going to community college because I did learn a lot form that school, and it helped me discover who I am at a cheaper price. But if I could choose again I would go away.