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Community College Students Suck

hssenior814hssenior814 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2010 in Transfer Students
My apologies in advance for my futile attempt at a catchy-yet-not-sexual title.

I do not know how many community college students browse through this forum, but I am assuming there is a sufficient amount to comment on my concern/question.

Does coming from a community college hurt one's graduate prospects (such as applying to graduate schools, getting a job, etc.)?

I guess my underlying concern is that coming from a community college, regardless of transferring to an elite university like U.C. Berkeley and others, may damage my academic reputation simply because I chose another way to reach the college of my dreams.

So forum, does going to community college hurt one's chances at a decent job/graduate school, or is the diploma good enough?

Thanks.
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Replies to: Community College Students Suck

  • CupertinotransfrCupertinotransfr Posts: 442- Member
    Going to community college makes it so 4 years straight from hs will always get priority when it comes to employment opportunities. You are out of luck.
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,661Registered User Senior Member
    Attending a CC for your first two years does not impact your future grad school or employment opportunities. Your life is what you make it, my story:

    CCC > UCB > MS > PhD > Researcher for 30 yrs
  • JahabaJahaba Posts: 814Registered User Member
    It shouldn't. Apart from academic reasons (struggling in HS), many HS graduates go the community college route because of financial considerations (it's cheaper to do the gen-ed stuff at a CC and do your actual major at the 4-year.

    Be warned; there was a parent's thread late last year in which (if I remember it right) an employer mentioned that he didn't hire people who went community college / 4-year route.
  • 45daysinrome45daysinrome Posts: 570Registered User Member
    I have to agree with entomom. The first year or two of college do not really matter as much as the last two. Essentially it only matters where you graduate from.
  • HandlebarsHandlebars Posts: 380Registered User Member
    this is a nice story that sort of pertains to your situation:

    http://sungball.xanga.com/721241691/...uperficiality/
  • JahabaJahaba Posts: 814Registered User Member
    Fantastic quote from Handlebars' link:
    This is a slice of what one would find at a typical community college – people who are underprivileged, looking to start anew, and are working just as hard as those who have had a traditional path to college.

    But this quote is also telling:
    It doesn’t take a genius to notice the awkward silence that looms when someone asks you where you attend, and you answer, “[Name] Community College.” And telling a girl you're 24 and in community college? Forget it. You might as well tell her your favorite hobby is fellatio. You'll get the same kind of response, I assure you – "Oh...."

    There will be d-bags everywhere, and it's not completely impossible that one of them might be an employer with an elitist attitude. But unless you're planning to move to a maquiladora in Northern Mexico, you should be able to find opportunities with people who don't have some silly attitude towards community colleges.
  • hssenior814hssenior814 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    Well thanks to all that have replied thus far.

    I guess what I can take away from all this is that, like what entomom said, my life is really what I make it out to be.

    But to satiate my inevitable curiosity, Cupertinotransfer, where are you basing your opinion from? I understand that by your own CC ID, you have implied that you are from a community college as well. I would appreciate further explanations so that I can either find dogmatic solutions to my predicament or dismiss your comment.
  • KhortonKhorton Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    No, not at all.

    One of my brother's classmates at Harvard Med went to a community college first. A girl from my CC went to UCLA and is now in a graduate program at MIT. Another success story I heard is of a girl who went to Stanford from a CC and then off the UCB for grad school in English, for which it is ranked 1st in the nation for (or was).
  • TaggartNYTaggartNY Posts: 304Registered User Junior Member
    I doubt it'll come up for most cases.
  • CupertinotransfrCupertinotransfr Posts: 442- Member
    Misleading title needed a misleading answer lol
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