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I'm not at community college by choice. I'm at community college because in high school I got addicted to video games in replaced it with studying. As a freshman in high school I began as an AICE student. I took up this challanging program so I could get away from the cesspool called Florida and be an early admit to a prestigious university. I immersed myself into studying, never taking my eyes of my goal. By Christmas 2006 I had straight A's and had excellent scores on AICE practice tests.
That winter vacation I was introduced to an MMORPG. My eyes were glued to the monitor day and night, my fingers mashing the keyboard for hours at a time. When school began again I was the only kid in my history class that didn't do his winter assignment. I didn't care though, the MMORPG and my characters level and money was the only thing that mattered. 5 months passed by. As the AICE exams came I barely scrapped by on the test, with my mind on the MMORPG and summer.
Next fall I was kicked out of the program and forced to be in regular classes, classes which I barely got by due to me still glued to my character. With a massive amount of wealth in the game I was enjoying it more than anything, including friends, family, and siblings. That year I further alienated the people around me and got more money and more skills in the game.
Junior year comes and apparently I got by enough for me to be placed in honors classes, which don't deserve to be honors at all, IMO. I started another character and wasted one more year of my life. Summer comes and college began to be on my mind but quickly disappears when I started yet ANOTHER character.
Senior year began and in my eyes the game was no longer what it used to be, with old community gone and the development of the game slowing down. I got reminded of college again and while I was weaning myself off of the game I was doing massive research on colleges and where to apply. I soon realized that my GPA wasn't up to par and I never did go early admission to a college. Hell, I couldn't even get into my state flagship. Instead I realized I had to do the transfer from the CC route.
Senior year ended, I finally quit video games and I began attending my community college in the summer. I relearned studying, taking notes, using flash cards and managed to get an A in my summer class. I found my introduction to communications class rather easy and couldn't wait until the fall term started and I begin taking real classes that are more indepth and challenging than summer classes. Classes that have written tests, quick progress, great discussions, and study groups.
That never happened.
By October, I've now realized that tests are multiple choice, classes are taught by power point presentations that come with the book, barely any discussions are taking place, and when classes are over NO ONE wants to get together and study. There is no such thing as a study group. In my college algebra class we are only up to chapter three, going over what a damned function is. In my 7 AM humanities class I'm the only person awake besides the poor adjunct professor. In English composition we are going over what parts of speeches are. In nutrition class I'm forced to listen to the teacher repeat concepts five times before moving on to the next. In "Psychology for Personal Effectiveness" the professor treats me as "special" and doesn't include me in the grading curve because I actually study and remember the material.
I'm not just a big fish in a small pond. I'm a god damned shark in a 20 gallon fish tank.
I'm taking 18 credits right now and I want to take 24 but can't due to the school policy saying anything above 18 credits is too damned hard.
I thought community college was a place for nerds that can't afford a real college. Well mine certaintly isn't. Mine is apparently for those that barely passed high school and can't get a job; it's some sort of a building trying to milk profits out of the government loans given to drug addicts in poverty.
I'm fairly upset that I ended up in the bottom of post-high school academics . I'm disappointed that there is no honors college, clubs, or even phi beta kappa in this place. I'm a nerd that wants to go to FSU to pursue a bachelor in science degree. What can I do to improve my community college experience?