Transferring from a CC to UC = missed "college experience"?

<p>I'm considering going to CC then transferring to a UC.<br>
So far, I've been rejected from all of my colleges (including most UC's). I'm going to appeal, but appeals have a very low acceptance rate.</p>

<p>At our CC, there is probably zero social life, unless you have friends from HS who are also attending. People just go to class, and leave ASAP. </p>

<p>Does anyone have some insight about missing the "college experience" if you attend a CC/transfer? I was really looking forward to life in the dorms, meeting new people, huge student population, etc. </p>

<p>Will transferring as a Junior still be the same college experience? I'd live in the dorms, but I don't know if it'll be the same. I feel like everyone else will know each other and already have their own groups of friends. It's just my opinion, but I think making friends would be easiest as a freshman because of orientations, everyone is new, move in day, etc. </p>

<p>Hopefully I'm wrong :&lt;/p>

<p>They both are very different social environments. However, you take what you want out of anything. I joined a lot of clubs and joined the associated student body. Luckily they were really cool and we have since become great friends.</p>

<p>The CCC gave me a chance to show my true skills (Well... not all my abilities). Since many people have matured by the time of going to college, it also gives people the chance to start from scratch.</p>

<p>About the UC social life, I haven't attend there yet. But like I said, you are the one who takes what they want out of a college experience. If you want a social life, join a lot of clubs and do community work. It will help you with ECs for transferring and it can fill any social life "void" you may feel about going to a CCC.</p>

<p>Maybe someone else can expand on the UC life.</p>

<p>I am actually the opposite of CaliforniaLife. I went in, went out and went on with my life. I passed as quietly as possible. Yes, maybe I came to absolutely abhor my CCC. But I am still really glad I went. It gave me time to develop my study skills and find my major, something that I think people should really think about instead of picking some random major and finding that you just don't want to write a million essays or spend hours on a single lab.</p>

<p>As far as the UC social life goes, it is what you make of it. When I visited my friend at her dorm during her sophomore year, she was nervous and worried that she wouldn't make friends this time around (which is why she asked me to visit her, this is at UCSD), I found that as long as you have a ready smile, anyone can be a friend. It takes time to find the right ones, but being friendly, laughing and happy is a fail-proof method. Maybe people will already have their friends when you get there, but from my limited experience, I have learned that people are never against making new friends. Whether it's joining a club, participating in your dorm party/function, or trying to talk to people after class... friends can always be found.</p>

<p>sadly to say yes you DO miss your college experience.
unless u just stay in ur dorms at a UC or w/e
well CC has cool people too
but first hand experience.... nomatter how close ur friends are at a CC... once they transfer u might never hear from them again...
and i mean never ever again...
cuz they are part of the "cool" crowd now... and ur not...
atleast not yet
just being realistic here....</p>

<p>If you are worried about friends, I wouldn't be. I left high school and everyone basically disbanded one another. When I joined the ASB I joined a crowd that had some friends that were friends for a year and others that had been friends for a long time. They are like family to me now. You just got to be sociable. I am hoping I can get in to one of the schools my buddies is applying to. That would make the experience so much more enjoyable.</p>

<p>bobo1265, I totally know how you feel. I was basically rejected from every UC as well, which is a HUGE slap to my face, cause I was expecting to be accepted into at least half of them. I'll be attending a CC in the fall as well, and I'm afraid that when I transfer as a junior, I won't be able to fit in the social scene at a UC.</p>

<p>makin it rain did you get into scu?</p>

<p>I think I had a pretty interesting CCC experience. </p>

<p>At De Anza, I had really bizarre schedules because I was working most of the time. So I'd actually end up in a lot of night classes, which meant that I ended up making a lot of "Adult" friends; read: people who were a lot older than me. I think those interactions helped accelerate my maturity a LOT though, and now that I'm in day classes with people the same age as me at Foothill College, I've been OFTEN mistaken as a 25+ year old by my peers (I'm 19). </p>

<p>Point is, maybe the CCC experience varies person to person. I have friends from high school who just ended up in new cliques, and they're perfectly happy with that. I guess I deluded myself into thinking I was a lone-wolf for a while, but once I realized my situation, I figured that I didn't have it too bad. </p>

<p>That all being said--do you miss out on a college experience? No. </p>

<p>Do you get a varied college experience? Hell Yes.</p>

<p>My take on it is that I'll make the most of the next two years after transferring (knock on wood) to compensate for the missed time.</p>

<p>wewwwwwwww.......... i dont think i missed out any college experience. I have so many friends at pcc now. It's all really up to you how you wanna make out of it. Don't blame where you go... It's all up to u</p>

<p>stripesforsure, I haven't heard from them, and I live close by the school :(
But I heard that since they're rolling, they look at the deferred EA applicants last after the RD.</p>

<p>And poppin3000, I'll be going to De Anza! Best around here in the Bay Area. Can you tell me what your experience is like? I'm afraid I won't get to know many people at DA cause everyone would seem to just go home after class.</p>

<p>I'm glad I attended a CC. I'm sure I would've f'ed up my grades in school cause I'd be too distracted and my senioritis from high school would've carried over. I'm just glad to be away from the partying and the drinking and all the idiots I met from high school. Also, I probably wouldn't have had my boyfriend to keep me motivated in school and of course, happy.</p>

<p>I go to De Anza too. I have to admit I'm one of those people who go straight home after class, but if you put a little effort into it, it's not hard to make friends. There are tons of clubs, and the campus is pretty active - just yesterday, there was an anti-war march going on (I didn't go because I had class, but I watched and heard some of it).</p>

<p>Depending on the class/the professors, though, you can actually get to know people in your class and become friends - or at least acquaintances - in a way that doesn't really happen in high school. (Obviously not in a 100-student chem class, but, you know...) That's another nice thing about De Anza: the professors really are great. Sign up for Wood's globalization class. :) Anyway, good luck!</p>

<p>@Making it rain. I go to De Anza and I can tell you that its pretty boring. Like the other posters said, most people just take classes and go home. You can get involved in clubs, but they are nothing impressive. I think HS has better clubs. I also dislike a lot of the classes there, many of the GE classes are just plain regurgitation, so you can just study the night before and still get an A. </p>

<p>Other complaints, hmm, well a lot of the councellers don't know what they are talking about. One time I went to an appointment and asked the counceller that I want to transfer to Berkeley and what I should do to get in. She goggled assist and told me to take the prerequisites and do well in them. Well of course!! Thats common sense. What do need to do to put myself in the best possible light? Are they looking for more in the essay, grades, ECs, etc? Do they want me to take a heavy courseload? These are questions that they can't answer for you. </p>

<p>Also, you have to consider whether you'll fit in DeAnza's diverse environment. DeAnza has just about the most international students out of all community colleges out there. Last time I heard that 75% of deanza students are international students with most being Asian. I could be wrong about the numbers though(I haven't checked the data myself). Overall the con with this is that there is a lot of de fracto cultural segregation. </p>

<p>Two things that you could take avantage of is DeAnza's transfer agreements and honors program. The transfer agreement is an agreement between the given UC and the student that if the student completes certain courses with an minimum GPA, then you'll be guaranteed amission to the UC. You can take advantage of the honors program because it helps you get early registration( believe me you'll need it, some student can't even transfer on time because of late registration dates). Also the honors classes aren't even that hard. Usually u take a regular class and then do a extra project or two. Its not like AP compared to CP. </p>

<p>Btw, where did you go to highschool? I'm curious, because my brother got rejected from most UCs even with the qualified grades. I suspect that its the mediocare HS that he went to that did him in.</p>