As you begin to set up a study plan for yourself, begin by honestly appraising your mindset about being in college. What are your expectations, beliefs and biases? What motivates you and excites your interest? How was the decision that you would attend college reached? Do you feel inside that you really don’t want to be here? Do you have a realistic sense of how much work you will need to do to complete your educational goals? Do you have the necessary study skills? If not, are you willing to change your study habits?
How do you feel about attending a community college instead of a four year university? Why have you chosen this educational setting? Usually this question can be answered in one or a combination of the following:
My Comment: Well, this is your chance. But you do have to realize that there are reasons you did not perform well in high school. You will need to figure out what those reasons are and correct them. But make no mistake, you CAN correct them. You can use SCCC to “catch up.” You have two years or so to accomplish this. Then you can go to almost any four year college you choose (depending on your grades!).
My Comment: This is a common reason for students and their parents to select SCCC. Remember that getting an education is largely a matter of getting back what you invest in time, energy and intellectual curiosity. The quality of the education you receive anywhere depends more on you than it does on the college. So, welcome aboard. SCCC provides the location and the tools to accomplish your academic goals. It was my experience at SCCC that the faculty were unusually devoted to us as students – and I have had others tell me their experiences are the same now.
My Comment: This is a good reason to stick close to home to get your education. You can accomplish your education at SCCC by attending less than full time if necessary. Generally, students in this kind of situation display a bit more maturity than their cohorts. They also often bring a rich life experience with them to the classroom.
My Comment: Many students at SCCC are older and have enough life experience to realize that an education is absolutely necessary in order to compete in the current job market, which requires more specialized skills and education with each passing decade. Virtually all of my older students over the years have told me that they wish they had pursued an education when they were young and had few responsibilities. This is something to think about if you are just out of high school
My Comment: This is another situation I have encountered many times in my three decades of teaching. Single parents have a
particularly tough time earning their education because they are the sole support of their families and because they often do not have a
partner at home who is supportive and helpful with their academic goals, child care, and housekeeping.
My Comment: Sometimes even students who have a good academic record in high school get lost in partying or just a disorganized way of living when they go away to school and find themselves suddenly free from their parents’ controls. Some suffer from extreme homesickness and depression, and can’t function. Again, SCCC may be your version of a “second chance.” If you really think of it this way you can avoid the trap of thinking of yourself as a failure. You CAN turn things around.
My Comment: Please, please, PLEASE take the time to think this through. This is one of the most negative attitudes to carry with you
into the world of higher education. Furthermore, it may be either postponing a huge family confrontation or be the continuance of one
which has been ongoing for some time. If you can honestly give it a try in spite of your disagreement with your parents, things may work
out for the best. But if you make college nothing more than an extension of a long, bitter struggle with your parents, not only are you likely
to fail, you may acquire a permanent aversion to college and academic pursuits – one that may eventually morph into unpleasant issues
that you will face in raising your own children.