community college

Community College Edition: Sports

May 9, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Events

 

 

There are so many things I miss about high school. Prom, for one, was the best experience ever. But the sports makes a close second! I remember being so competitive; Rooting for my team and hoping we would be victorious (the competitive side in me made no choice for losing). But now those memories, are just… memories. I left my love for sports with my high school career and I haven’t had a need for it since. Fast- forward four years, and now I am in college. College is a HUGE experience and widely known for its sports. So what are college sports like? Well my pretties, here is the Community College Edition. #enjoy

1. No One Really Knows the Who, What, When, and Where

This, of course, is debatable, but at least at Pasadena City College, no one knows what sports are being played and at what times. I tried to get into college sports so many times during my first semester, but it was merely impossible. You could ask everyone in your class what games are that day and no one would know, nonetheless care. At a community college, sports are just so watered down. I think this may be because everyone is just trying to get out and into a four- year college. No one has time for sports, besides, there is always time for that when we get into the college of our dreams! *cough cough* UCLA Bruins.

2. School Spirit Is Dead

Of course, no team becomes victorious without its fans! But then there is the moment when you realize, your community college team(s) have no fans… I believe school spirit makes the game more interesting. It is just so fun being able to trash talk rival teams and to wear temporary tattoos of your school’s mascot. But community college is different. With everyone studying so hard, we all just want to go home and sleep at the end of the day, NOT stay at school. Of course, team spirit varies at every school, so don’t feel terrible if you plan on attending a community college; only YOU can determine how great your college experience will be.

3. You Find Out Your Team Loses Anyway

See #2 and #1

Because what point is there winning if no one knows when the game is, goes to the game, and cheers their team on?

4. HOMECOMING! 

Before you get too excited, let me elaborate: No gorgeous gowns are involved, no curls, pearls, and nail polish is optional (GASP!) It’s just football, and that’s all it will ever be. The days of crowning Kings and Queens are over (at least at PCC), and wearing your school spirit is a must. On the contrary, people actually do attend the Homecoming game. So for one night, you will experience a TON of high school nostalgia and wish those days would have never ended. #trustme. It is a night of pride, spirit, and becoming united as a school. So enjoy it while it lasts! But hey, if you must wear a flowing ballgown and 6 inch pumps, don’t let me stop you! You do you, girl. #girlswillbegirls

 

The CC Scene Told Through Disney Movies

April 17, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health, Love, Sports

I absolutely love watching movies about the college experience. So what better way than to tell you the ABSOLUTE truth about the CC social scene than through DISNEY MOVIES? Yes, you read right. #enjoy

Monsters University

1. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. AND MORE STUDY. Monsters University is probably one of the best sequels in all of Disney movie history! (Sorry Disney, we only speak the truth.) What makes this movie even more fantastic? IT CANNOT BE MORE TRUE! Part of a community college social scene are people studying. If you have goals to reach, the library might just be your BFF! One-eyed Mike Wazowski has the dream of being a full-fledged scarer, and he knows that studying is one way to get there! So what are you all doing? Let’s get to studying! #hopontoit

The Rescuers

2. THE CLUB LIFE. We crown Bernard and Miss Bianca King and Queen of The Club Life! Community College is all about networking, and what better way to do that than to join clubs? Join clubs that you take interest in! Are you a woman with a voice? Feminist Club may be your calling. Do you have a knack for acting? The Theatre Club would love to have you! Of course if saving little children from villainous people if your thing, the Rescue Aid Society may be hiring in your area. #rescuersreference

Hercules

3. ZERO TO HERO. The social scene is more than just joining clubs and studying. It’s also about staying fit and staying healthy! Many college students take part in after- school activities such as sports. Taking part in a sport gives you discipline and allows you to meet people with the same passion you do. In my opinion, if it worked for Hercules, it could work for you, too! Who doesn’t want killer abs and toned legs for beach season? #notme!

Lady and the Tramp

4. THE OCCASIONAL DATE. Yes, once in while you will get asked out and hopefully, he or she will sweep you off your feet! This is one of the most looked-forwarded to things when it comes to embracing the social scene in college. Have fun and enjoy the time you have meeting new girls or guys. BUT, don’t let your emotions cloud your head! This is still school, which means you need to keep your grades in check and at all times! So with that said; Stop day- dreaming and get back to studying!

Tangled

5. LEAVE THE TOWER. Rapunzel knows what she’s doing; It’s time to leave the tower. Yes, of course you may take a break from studying so hard in the library! Explore the community surrounding your college! I go to school in Pasadena, California which is great because just five minutes away is an outdoor mall! Tons of college kids hang around the surrounding community after school to relax and enjoy the college life. You did more than just apply to go to school, you also applied to become part of the community. Take advantage of it. It could just end up being your #bestdayever.

Sleeping Beauty

6. FOR THE MOST PART. Aurora has the right idea. Sleeping is the one thing you will be doing for most of your college experience. Because let’s face it, after studying hard, joining clubs, working out, going on romantic dates, and exploring the surrounding community, we just become DEAD TIRED. Right, Aurora? #imakemyselflaughsometimes Luckily for us college kids, we don’t need a kiss from a prince or princess to wake us up. So after you get your beauty sleep, you better wake up and do it again. Like now. #onrepeat

Until Next Time!

 

The Community College Guide for (Freshman) Dummies

April 1, 2015 in Admissions, Alive Campus

I remember every detail about my high school graduation day. I wore a light pink + red dress (it was so cute!), I curled my hair, and I remember my name being called along with the words, “Pasadena City College”. Oh yeah. I was now going to COLLEGE! I was now calling the shots. From here on out, anything and everything to come my way was a decision that I got to make. If I wanted to go to Disneyland on a Monday morning, no one could stop me! In N Out for breakfast? Well, of course! The same concept goes for college. YOU have the power to customize your own experience. You can choose classes, professors, and what time (yes, I said WHAT TIME!) you want to go to class. (Keep in mind you will need to take certain courses to get that degree. But don’t worry! Professors and times are still your choice!) So let’s talk COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

PLAN B

Going to a community college was not my dream. Actually, going to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising was. But, if you were like me and had a hard time in high school, going to anywhere but a community college was not an option. Even though Pasadena City College wasn’t my dream college, I was still beyond excited to make the transition from high school to college student! (Trust me, you will feel like an official adult!)

So You’ve Decided to go to a Community College, Eh? 

Well that’s great! And so is the application process! Here it is:

1. Apply online

2. Get accepted

3. Sign up for financial aid

4. You’re In!

That is pretty much the application process for a community college. A few other PROS about going to a community college is that it provides you with so many opportunities while keeping your wallet alive and well! (Think: No $30,000+ tuition!) Being a “**Mr. Grumpy Gills” about going to a **CC? No worries! Put in two great years of your life, granted you get the classes required of you, and you are off to your dream college! (Or any other college besides a CC.) Another great thing about going to a community college is that it gives you time to discover yourself. I can only imagine that if I had gone to **FIDM as a Visual Communications major, how much money I would have wasted as I loved the idea of set design but hated actually doing it. I am now a Communications Art major and it only took one class to change my whole life.

IT ALL STARTS WITH CHOOSING CLASSES

Once you fill out the college application, get accepted, and get approved for financial aid, you will be informed via your personal college account of  your class registration date. (**SNAPS: Take advantage of programs that are aimed to help college freshmen (*ehem* YOU!) into their transition. Sometimes, even an incentive, such as priority registration, is given to those who join these groups!) Once you find your registration date and time, write it down, print it out, I don’t care what you do with it, just make sure YOU REMEMBER IT!

Choose Classes and Professors Beforehand - ONE WEBSITE: Rate My Professors. Your school releases the Schedule of Classes catalog in advance for a reason! Read it, pick the courses and times you want, build your schedule, write down course numbers, and memorize them! But most importantly, look up the professors on ratemyprofessors.com and read the comments. This helped me build and per-fect my schedule because I was able to take courses I wanted with professors who I felt would better my college experience. Plus, most incoming freshman won’t know about this website. INSTANT BONUS POINTS FOR YOU!

  • The Half Hour Registration Rule (**HHRR) – Online course registration is a battlefield. If your registration time is 8:30 AM for example, you better be ready to go at 8:00 AM. The classes you want could and will be filled up just minutes after registration opens. #thestruggleisreal (SNAPS: Course registration can open up as early as 7:00 AM. Keep an eye out on the courses you want and how many seats are taken and still available. That way, if the course you want fills up before your scheduled time, you will know ahead of time to insert your backup course number instead. You do have a backup plan, don’t you?)

The Backup Plan - Signing up for classes is like waiting the last few seconds of an eBay auction. You either get the class- or you don’t. Keep your course numbers close, but your backup course numbers closer! When you put together your perfect, dream schedule, make sure you also find replacement courses to replace the ones that might fill up quickly. THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL.

Community College is fun and you will meet a ton of people! People who went to your high school, people who went to your high school’s rival high school, and people who come from near and far and from all different walks of life! Take this time to network, take fun classes, and find out who you are and who you want to be. It’s also never too early to sign up for internships! Most importantly, remember: This isn’t high school anymore. Your grades will determine who you are not only to other colleges, but employers as well. This is the time to start a new chapter, turn over a new leaf, and start from the beginning. The Starting Line is right here, but will you make it to the Finish Line?

**LINGO!

1. “SNAPS”- These are tips. Why do I call them that? Because I want to. Remember this term! I will be using it often! Too often…

2. “CC”- Community College. Yeah. This one you will pick up quickly.

3.”FIDM”- Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. YOU BETTER REMEMBER THIS ONE PEOPLE! #dreamcollegeforlife

4. “Mr. Grumpy Gills”- C’MON PEOPLE! Finding Nemo ring a bell? No? GO WATCH IT NOW.

5. “HHRR”- Half Hour Registration Rule. If you don’t know this one by now, I can’t help you. #goodluckwiththat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus First, School Second

December 12, 2014 in Alive Campus, Colleges

Feelings of nervousness and homesickness during college are normal for all students, though when those feelings turn to uncertainty and doubt towards the college, your major, or your future, it becomes important to re-evaluate your place in college. With the semester coming to an end, students have made the decision to either stay or leave. Whatever decision made, it’s important to acknowledge the repercussions, have a confident plan in mind, and a support system.

Over the past three months of attending Emerson, I learned a lot not only about Boston and journalism, but about my strengths and weaknesses as an individual. The first month or two of college was a breeze. I enjoyed wandering the city with my friends, sipping lattes at quirky coffee shops, and riding the train around MA. I was excited for my writing classes, and aimed at forming relationships with my peers and professors.

Despite how my life had become, something was missing. Focus. I had stopped focusing on myself: my mind, my body, my wants, and my needs. This focus was neglected throughout the months of college, which led to physical and mental unhealthiness and unhappiness. In order to fully thrive, grow, or succeed in life, YOU (the individual) need to be at least 99% comfortable with your physical and mental surroundings. Although I tried to resurface the focus I had in high school and bring myself comfortability, I couldn’t.

Always put your health and happiness first!

The Big Decision

I made the final decision to leave Emerson about one month ago. I had been discussing this option with my childhood friends and family members weeks prior, all whom provided unconditional support and advice. I also spoke with my Emerson professors and friends. What I most love about Emerson is how most people welcome you with open arms. I felt supported to discuss my feelings and possible ideas, and I felt comfortable with my decision to leave.

High school students, college students, parents… It’s OK to leave college, transfer, and start fresh! 1 in every 3 college students will transfer, according The New York Times study on transfer students, and about 40% will enroll in community college, according to Business Insider. It’s highly more rewarding to explore your options and get back on track (find balance again) then to waste away money, time, and ambiguity at a 4-year college.

There’s nothing wrong with leaving your current college and exploring more options!

I enrolled myself in community college, in my hometown of San Diego, CA, and couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to take a wide range of courses, explore my interests, return to a healthier state, and be with my family. Leaving school to be near your family ISN’T a crime! Family should be a top priority, especially in an adolescent/adult’s life.

If you are or were like me, unsure about your college, your major, or yourself, then recognize those feelings and don’t ignore them. When you ignore your feelings and emotions, they build up over time. This can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or self-destruction. Acknowledge your feelings and address them. We only live one life, so make it stress-free and beautiful!

Community College VS. TxState

May 19, 2013 in Academics, Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews, Top 10 Lists

 

College Life

I had mentioned in one of my past blogs that I started college in the Dallas Community College District. Due to my different college experiences with both kinds of higher education, I have created this list on the differences between college life in community college and at a university.

Community College

1.The money you save will always be the top reason for you to attend a community college. At Texas State University, a full time course load (12 Hours) is almost $4,200 but at the Dallas Community College District is around $600.

2.The classes are smaller so you won’t get overwhelmed by all the students and wondering whether or not your professor can keep up with so many students. You can earn an associate’s degree that can land you a good paying job without having to go to a four year college and expect more.

3. Most community colleges give opportunities for you to be able to attend classes from 7 AM to 8 PM and even offer many online classes for almost every subject. DCCCD offers a fast track program were you can take a certain amount of courses a month for certain amount of hours a day to where if you keep up with the program, you can finish your first two years of college in one year. If you have kids or a full time job community college can offer flexible schedules.

4.Community colleges are trying to make their college life a little more like a university by adding many more organizations, student events, Greek life and much more.

University Experience

1.You meet so many more people at a university. Texas State has over 35,000+ students; you are bound to find your life long best friends here!

2.One of the things I love the most about college is the student organizations, yes, I mention this a lot but only because organizations help you gain experience for your major and can help you take on leadership roles to put on your resume. Making friends in an organization is a wonderful way to be more social within your school.

3.You are offered more things at a university such as different kinds of higher degrees and majors/minors for you to choose from. After you’re done with your bachelor’s, you can receive a higher degree and hopefully get a higher paying job.

4.If there is one thing I do appreciate about attending a university, it is the way that school helps out its students. When I attended community college I felt like the advisers had almost no time for me. At Texas State I am always being taken care of when it comes to my financial aid, courses and now my graduation plans.