I have been thinking about this topic for a while now and especially with the holidays rolling around and many students coming back home for this time I believe it's a great opportunity to address these issues. As a student of a community college I feel like there is a stigma put onto us for going to a college like this. Such as we couldn't get into a "real college", we're too poor to afford a "real one", we're dumb, and so on and so forth. Obviously this is completely false and it's a difficult conversation to combat. I am a hard-working, full time student in the scholars program in my community college taking 15+ units a semester, working a 40 hr a week job with a medical corporation, and got into all 7 colleges I applied to my senior year, however I made the educated decision to stay home and work and pay for college here so I could save up money to go to a four year in two years. How does one actually explain this to people without getting backlash? I'm so tired of the stigma placed on community college students for not trying hard enough.
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