When I was a Senior at Quincy Senior High School I saw John Wood as a joke. Like any other high school student my plan was to get far away from Quincy and attend a four-year University. My parents would constantly beg me to attend John Wood Community College because it would have been cheaper just to get my general education classes out of the way. But for the longest time I did not view JWCC as an actual school, I did not even bother to give it a chance. Not once did I ever visit the campus nor was I ever interested in stepping foot into JWCC. I finally left for my freshman year of college at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) and at first I loved the school. I fell in love with the campus and made many new friends. But as the year went on I began feeling homesick and I also began disliking the atmosphere. I stuck through the year and when I finally came back to Quincy, I realized my parents were having financial issues with paying for my education. It was a very tough decision for me on whether I should go back to SIUE or I should attend JWCC. I finally decided that it would be smarter if I attended JWCC for my sophomore year of college. I was still very unhappy with my decision upon staying at JWCC. I thought that I would not have a proper student life like I did at SIUE. I thought that classes that I would be taking were going to be a joke and a waste of my time because they would probably not transfer. But once I started JWCC, I felt at home. I knew many of the students, and I realized that I was not the only one that made the mistake of jumping right into a four-year university and making the decision to come back. As the year went on, I began to realize that JWCC was not as bad as many people make it seem. My classes were much harder than the classes I was taking at SIUE, I had more workload than I have ever had at SIUE. At SIUE most of the classrooms are filled with about 50 to 100 people or more so you NEVER get attention. And many times the teachers don’t even know your name. Also at SIUE we were allowed to have our phones and our laptops out, so for me it became a big distraction. Most of the time during class I was on facebook or texting! (Don’t tell my parents) At JWCC the teachers actually take the time to get to know their students and actually care about your education. I also thought that once I attended JWCC I would not have a student life, but in reality I am way more involved at JWCC than I ever was at SIUE. This year I am on the dance team and it has open so many opportunities along with being an intern in the Public Relations department here at JWCC. There are constantly so many things going on at JWCC whether it’s the monthly movie night at AMC or even skating down at the Riverskate! Another thing that I was very worried about was if all my credits would transfer to Western Illinois University (WIU), where I will be attending next fall! And luckily every single one of my classes will transfer to WIU. I really misjudged JWCC, I’m having a better year than I ever had at SIUE! I’ve really enjoyed my year at JWCC and I know I made the right choice by coming back to Quincy and attending JWCC. My advice to those that had the same views as I once did, give JWCC a chance! Before thinking your only option is to leave Quincy and attend a four-year university, consider JWCC as an option. Make sure that before you decide to leave, come check out JWCC. You never know if it is a perfect fit for you as it was for me
Voting for Student Government Associations 2013-2014 Executive Officer Candidates began today!!!
Make sure you stop by the bookstore before April 10th to cast your vote for YOUR FUTURE LEADERS.
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On Friday April 5th, John Wood will be hosting JDUB Day!!!
It’s a perfect way to see if John Wood is the place for you!
By registering you will receive a free t-shirt along with interaction with current students, sample classes, lunch will be provided, and a whole morning filled with activities. AND a chance to see ME perform with the dance team along with the cheerleaders!
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Being a first generation college student has been very difficult for me. My parents are both from Mexico and Spanish is their first language. In Mexico it’s not very common for students to earn their high school diploma and go to college. During my senior year at Quincy Senior High School while everyone knew exactly what school he or she were attending for college, I had no idea. Many times my parents would attempt to help me fill out paper work for college, but since the paper work was always in English they had trouble understanding exactly what I needed. So I had to do everything myself, I did not bother asking anyone for help. Next year I will be transferring to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois and I am still having difficulty with the paper work and even though my parents cannot help me, I have been very lucky to have many people at John Wood who have volunteered to help so I can successfully transfer into Western Illinois University.
This past Saturday the John Wood Community Dance Team traveled to Canton, Missouri to attend a dance showcase held by Culver Stockton College. We did two of our previous dances, “Respect” and “ZZ Top.” Although it was very small it was awesome seeing what the other teams have been working on! It was a great experience and I hope we’ll be able to attend many more in the future!
My senior year of high school, my thought process about college was very different then what it is now. Many seniors in high school have the idea in their head that they have to leave their hometown and jump right into a four-year university. I was one of those students who did not want to attend any school in Quincy and chose to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) my freshman year of college. Little did I know how expensive college was and how homesick I would be. I successfully finished my freshman year at SIUE and made many new friends, along with many memories. During my stay at SIUE, I did not know my parents were struggling to pay for my tuition. Coming from a family of three siblings, it was difficult on my family especially when we only had my father’s income coming in. From day one my parents encouraged me to attend John Wood Community College (JWCC), but for the longest time I did not view JWCC as an option. It took me months to realize that it was a smarter choice to transfer from SIUE to JWCC for my sophomore year of college. It was very difficult for my to adjust to the idea that I would be taking a step back instead of a step forward. There was a huge difference with SIUE and JWCC. I was very involved in my high school (Quincy Senior High School), so coming from a school where I grew up with almost everyone to a University where I knew no one was difficult for me to get used to. After I transferred from SIUE to JWCC, I began feeling comfortable with my decision. I knew many of the people that attended JWCC and unlike SIUE, my advisors cared about my future. I took a step forward towards my future by attending JWCC, instead of taking a step back like I thought it would. Now, I could not imagine being any where but JWCC for my sophomore year of college.
I love getting involved in my school! And I couldn’t think of a better way then by trying out for the 2012-2013 John Wood Community College Dance Team. The day of try-outs were very scary. Even though I have been dancing for fifteen-years now, I still get nervous during performances and auditions. After waiting for about half an hour I made the team, along with nine other talented dancers! This has been Julie Porter and Maria Richmiller’s first year as the JWCC dance team coaches and they have been doing an AWESOME JOB! We also many times combine with the JWCC cheerleaders and their coach Alyssa Hummel. After spending so much time together we all became very close with each other and are always having fun when we are together. I couldn’t imagine a better group of girls to share this experience with. Try-outs for Cheerleading are coming up soon! And Dance Team try-outs will be this fall! Make sure you get involved before it’s too late!