In honor of community college month, here are 5 myths about JWCC!
1. My education will suffer because of the affordable price. FALSE
Yes, my piggy bank is thanking me. No, my education is not any less than my friends at “brand name” schools. Not only are ALL of my credits transferring to my 4-year university, but after taking a couple courses this summer, I’ll actually be ahead! I would recommend starting with 1-2 years of community college to anyone and everyone.
2. It’s going to be like high school. FALSE
I thought the same thing, but I was definitely wrong. The professors here know you’re in secondary education–when you walk through those doors on your first day, it’s time to step up your game. High school spoiled you with the ability to retake tests you slacked on studying and turn in homework late without penalties; let me tell you, this is certainly not the same. College is the time for you to put everything you’ve learned about being responsible and managing your time into practice. JWCC recognizes that college is a choice and a privilege, thus your professors treat it as so.
3. I’ll know everyone in my classes. FALSE
Because JWCC is sprinkled with non-traditional students, students throughout the nation, and even international students, you will never know everyone in your classes. I went into my first course expecting to know at least a handful, but honestly, I didn’t recognize a single student. With classmates from the Netherlands, California, Africa, and Florida, meeting new people in easy!
4. If I stay, I’ll never get out of Quincy. FALSE
I’m on my way to Oklahoma. Learning how to navigate myself nine hours away is nothing I’ve ever done before, or nothing I’d be experiencing if I was somehow forced to stay in Quincy! I have friends transferring next year to Missouri, Virginia, other Illinois locations, etc. Q-Town will always be a special place to me, and for now I still call it home, but within the next year, that will change. I’ll be back, but by no means has JWCC limited my options to “being stuck in Quincy forever”.
5. Other colleges offer flexible schedules; I’ll never have a day off. FALSE
I NEVER HAVE SCHOOL ON FRIDAYS! Talk to anyone here on campus–this is the best thing ever. EVER. Of all the students I know on campus, only one has a Friday class (choir). Even if you do have a class like choir, you’ll still have an extra half-day for your weekend! Also, our academic advisors will do everything in their power to help you out. You can access schedules online before making an appointment and find every course’s availability, so you can sign up for the classes you need with the professors you’d like at the times you want. Semester-long, block classes, evening classes, and more, you’re sure to get the schedule that best fits your needs.
I originally enrolled at John Wood to follow in my older sisters footsteps, but soon discovered my time at JWCC is not only preparing me for the future with its great education, it’s saving money and allowing me to get ready for all of the awesome opportunities ahead! The more I think about it, the more I realize I needed this extra year in Quincy before transitioning to a 4-year university. I wouldn’t have wanted to start my college experience anywhere else besides J-Dub!
Happy community college month and have a great break! :))