If you plan on seeking a higher education, there are several things you should consider. But, one of the most important decisions is whether or not you should attend a community college or not. The following tips will give you an inside look at what you should expect if you choose to attend a community college.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #1: Cheaper than a University
Community colleges are much cheaper than attending a university. You will not only pay less for your tuition, but community colleges have fewer fees. If you do shop for your textbooks at the bookstore, you will also notice that the prices are much cheaper than those at a university bookstore.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #2: Choose the Right Electives
You might be tempted to take electives that you find interesting and that’s great, just remember that you should also take electives that will help you in your future career. Also the electives you choose will depend on the university you will later transfer to and what they require.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #3: Avoid the Bookstore
If at all possible, avoid buying your textbooks at the bookstore. The prices are absolutely outrageous. You will find textbooks much cheaper if you shop online at Amazon or Half.com. I have actually found books for $0.50 that cost $50 in the community college bookstore.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #4: Be Prepared for Poor Parking
More times that not community colleges have poor parking. This means you will need to get to class early in order to find a good spot. Sometimes even getting to class early is not enough and you will have to park in the back of the parking lot and walk.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #5: Smaller Class Size
A huge advantage to community colleges is the class size. Community colleges keep their class sizes very small, with only about 10 – 15 students per class. This is a huge difference compared to universities which sometimes have 40 students in one class.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #6: Several Opportunities Available
Community colleges have several opportunities available. Most community colleges have wonderful career planning services. There are also tutoring programs available for free and so much more.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #7: Bring Meals and Snacks
A downside to any community college is the cost of meals and snacks. You will usually pay $1.25 for a 20 ounce bottle of pop that costs around $1 or less at a gas station. Also meals in the cafeteria cost a lot more than fast food.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #8: Schedule Classes Close Together
When scheduling your classes, I suggest getting your classes close together. Also try to get your classes on the same day. You will usually have the option of attending class Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. You do not have to go 5 days a week unless you want to.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #9: Always Use a Planner
I cannot stress how important it is to use a planner while attending community college. If you also work, a planner becomes even more important. A planner will ensure that you get assignments done on time and that you are prepared for upcoming tests.
Insider’s Guide to Community College Tip #10: A Great Option for Core Courses
More than likely, you will attend a university at some point, but a community college is a wonderful place to get your core courses out of the way.