Two Years Are Better Than Four
The word, â€˜collegeâ€™ can sound very intimidating and scary for some high school students. It can also be challenging for some students when deciding on what college to go to after high school. A lot of students tend to aim for four-year universities because it sounds better, pressure from parents, or thatâ€™s just their preference. I was raised to do well in school and my parents pressured me to go to a four-year college. From my personal experience and observations, people tend to look down on community colleges. Most people think you will not get a high paying job or a career if you go to a two-year institution, and I was once guilty of that. But after going to San Jose State University and reading an article, Two Years Are Better Than Four, by Liz Addison, I beg to differ. As Liz Addison addresses the importance of community ...view middle of the document...
In high school, I always thought community colleges were for students who had bad grades or just wanted to stay home. I didnâ€™t see it as an institution to help students begin. After reading, Addisonâ€™s article, she really changed my perspective on community college and I wish Iâ€™d read this article before I applied to four-year colleges. There was a section in Addisonâ€™s paper that stood out to me when she says â€œJust follow any of the 1,1655 road signs, and pop your head inside â€“ yes, they let anyone in â€“ and there you will find discoveries of a first independent film, a first independent thought, a first independent studyâ€ (Addison). Addison makes a strong persuading point when uses a metaphor to describe the importance of what the community college system offers. She is saying that everything is possible and community college accepts everyone. It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re rich, poor, or what background you came from. It gives an opportunity to anyone and especially to people who never thought of going to college because they couldnâ€™t afford it.
A four-year institution isnâ€™t for everyone and sometimes it is way to expensive to afford. Community colleges are no different from a 4-year college. Iâ€™ve attended San Jose State University for a year and the only difference was the cost and having the whole dorm life experience. Other than that, the classes and lessons were taught very similar to community college courses. A lot of students who go to Universities end up dropping out because it way to expensive or the end up I debt from taking out a lot of student loans and having to pay them back. I ended up leaving SJSU because it was way to expensive and I did not want to have to take out loans and end up in debt. I realized that going to a community college was the best way to go and thatâ€™s where I should have gone to begin with. I think Addison does a great job with acknowledging community colleges and explaining to the readers how community college is very important to have in society. It is a great tool for everyone to use.