Every year, millions of students around the world put in constant effort, energy, and man hours into ensuring that their academic record remains at its utmost best. Throughout the calendar year, students work tirelessly on assignments, group assessments, and exam revision, often at the expense of other aspects of life such as sleep, hobbies and quality time with loved ones. Regardless of if you are a student from a wealthy family or a student from a medium to low income background, the choice to go to either community college or university does not automatically make you better or worse than any other student.
Some students can manage to seamlessly do it all, earning perfect grades while maintaining a quality of work that is second to none, while others spend hours upon hours perfecting various aspects of their work (including skills like academic writing, copy editing) to keep their grades high. Regardless of which way a student tends to go about their studies, one thing remains true: taking on a degree in higher education is one of the most challenging and rewarding things that a person can do for themselves and their future (i.e. if that is what they want).
Unfortunately, there seems to be an unfair consensus that community colleges are not as good as universities. This unfounded opinion is simply that – an opinion forged on nothing more than personal affliction. Universities like Harvard and Brown pride themselves on their experience and commitment to excellence (and so they should) but their status as the most prestigious of even the Ivy League universities does not necessarily make them better for all students.
The American higher education system was not built to be exclusive, but it is a fact of life that universities cost more money than community colleges. This is for many reasons, but most commonly it is that the universities think of themselves as having more resources, more opportunities, and more of a reputation in being consistently successful. This is not altogether true, but there are some parts that do ring truer than others.
For example, having more expensive fees for students allows universities to invest in more resources. However, do not mistake this fact to mean that more resources automatically means they are better resources; while the money and selection that goes into choosing resources at universities is indeed incredible, colleges have the advantage in that they choose resources more carefully, making the most of the ones that they do select.
Not only are community colleges often cheaper than universities – meaning that they offer students more financial freedom and give more opportunity to students otherwise unable to study further – but they are also often physically smaller. While community college amounts to 33% of higher education students in the US alone, the campuses and schools themselves often are considerably smaller in scale than most of the big universities.
The advantage in this is that students who enroll in community college often get a more up-close-and-personal experience, effectively forging them into some of the strongest and most well-rounded graduates in the world. Community college is no joke, and it is time that the world began taking community colleges more seriously.