10 Community College Tips
Guest Post By Ken Myers
Community college is a great idea for students who
are just setting out, are on a budget, or returning to school.
Community colleges are usually much cheaper than traditional private and even state
schools. They also offer convenient locations, better class hours, and
education that equal that of any other college. In fact, I recommend that all
recent high school grads attend community college for their first two years of
school. Not only will they save money and avoid racking up huge student loans,
but they can also get a great education close to home. To make your community
college experience successful, s=however, you may need to know these few tricks
that I have picked up in my studies. These tips can apply to any college experience,
but I have found that there are some unique issues that occur only in community
- Enroll early – Community college classes
get filled up fast. Because there are so many students and the classes are
affordable and at convenient times, they tend to get full very early. If you do
not want to take classes that are late at night or very early in the morning,
then I suggest enrolling early. I like to enroll as soon as the classes open so
I can be sure to get the ones I need.
- Pay attention to class schedules –
Speaking of getting the classes you need, sometimes classes are only available
in certain semesters. Pay attention and talk to an adviser when setting up your
schedule. I would hate for you to have to wait a whole year for one class
because you missed your opportunity.
- Get the paperwork done before – It is
very important to get all your paperwork done long before your classes ever
start. Colleges are notoriously slow at getting transcripts, test scores, and
financial aid verification done. Community colleges are even worse. It is your
responsibility to make sure everything is complete before you try to sign up
- Check twice –When you think you have
everything done, check again. Wait until about a week before the semester is
about to start and go in and talk to EVERYONE. Financial aid, advisors, the
billing office, even print out your course schedule one more time. So much can
go wrong at the last minute and make you miss out. Do not let that happen and
check far enough ahead that you can fix the problem before it becomes
- Get to know the staff –A lot of times
when you have issues you will run into unhelpful or unknowledgeable staff
members. Most are students just like you who have only been trained in the
basics. Do not let this slow you down. Get to know who is in charge, by name
and face, and request to talk to them when you have issues. You can even get
their direct phone line or email address for questions. Most of the senior
staff is very helpful and knowledgeable once you get to them, but getting to
them is the problem. When the office is not busy, that is your time to make
lasting and helpful connections. It will definitely pay off for you in the long
- Look elsewhere for books –Do not be
suckered into paying high prices for your text books. Sometimes you have no
choice, like in online or password necessary books, but most of the time you
can buy your books used for half the price! Look online or at the local college
bookstore alternative. They are usually located very close to campus and offer
great deals without the shipping charges or wait time. They even have new books
cheaper than the on-campus book store. Do not waste your money, shop smart!
- Easier to drop than add –If you are
unsure of how many hours you want to take the next semester, or even which
classes, you should always sign up for them anyway. It is much, much easier to
drop classes than it is to add them. Not only that, but once classes get full
you are out of luck. Be smart and sign up early. I’m not saying to be a class
hog and go overboard, but be wise in your choices and always assume that if you
do not act now, you will not have a chance to later.
- Do not worry about your major –Community
college is not the place to worry about your major. If you plan on continuing
on to a four year school, then you do not really have to worry about it. Of
course, you might want to choose between the art route and the science route,
but beyond that just take it easy. Everything is pretty much standard.
- Think about other campuses –If the class
you need is not available at your campus, think about looking elsewhere.
Oftentimes a community college, especially in large cities, has more than one
campus. A class may be offered there that is not offered at your home campus.
You can always drive a bit for a semester and get the class you really want or
need. As long as you are enrolled in one branch, all the other campuses should
have no problem taking you on too.
online –Due to the wonders of technology, many community classes are now
offering hybrid or online classes. Not only are they cheaper than typical
college classes, they also offer you the opportunity to get them done on your
own time and with your own learning style. Hybrid classes have you come in to
the classroom just a few times to answer questions and things and then do the
rest online. Whatever the case, online classes save you time and the drive to
Community college is a great way to get your
education started. Whether you are a first time student, a recent grad, or a
retuning adult; the education provided by community colleges is top notch and
much more affordable. Following these simple tips, you can have a successful
and fun education experience.
Ken Meyers the editor in chief is a frequent contributor of http://www.gonannies.com/ Ken helps acquiring knowledge on
the duties & responsibilities of nannies to society. You can reach him at k.meyerst20 ATgmail.com .
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