School is challenging, but don’t regret it

First off, if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a student. If you’re a student, you’ve probably successfully made it to the end of this school year. Being that this is a community college, there’s a one in two chance that you’re graduating with your associate degree this May. For that, I congratulate you. It’s something I didn’t have in me to accomplish. In my college experience, I’ve found that one of the most difficult obstacles a person can hurdle is the first two years of college. In those first two years, most are unsure of what they’re going to be when they graduate. This makes it hard to find the motivation to achieve when you are unsure of what it is you’re trying to achieve. For me, I got impatient. I’ve been in school of some kind or other for almost 14 years, and I’m ready to get things going, so I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I’m really excited; it’s going to be a good fit for me. I’m glad I gave college a shot. I don’t regret my year at Seward County or my almost-year and Garden City; they were great places to start the trek towards a college education. But it’s just not for me right now. I don’t think I would have made it this far through college if it hadn’t been for the fact that I attended a community college. Not to say that it’s any easier than a university. I don’t believe that for a second, but good luck getting one-on-one time with your professors at K-State or KU. That commitment by the faculty to help students achieve is what makes community college so great. It’s such a tight atmosphere that it’s hard not to succeed, and that kind of momentum will set you up to succeed wherever you go.