I was recently accepted to UC Davis, but am considering attending a CC first and then transferring.The reason why I'm considering the latter is because of money and possible lack of preparedness. The classes at my high school are super easy, and unlike most admitted to Davis, I've only taken one AP course due to lack of opportunity @ my school. I can't even describe how low the bar is at my school, you can retake some tests twice to get a better grade. My SAT scores were also not the best, so I'm guessing I got in because of my straight As and community service.
I'm worried that I'm not truly ready for the rigorous academics at Davis, and that I'll fail tremendously if I go there straight out of high school. Also, I'm worried about burning out. The last four years of my life have been dedicated to school and maintaining my GPA (a 4.2) , I've probably hung out with friends outside of school a max of ten times and only went to one party.
Also, money is an issue. I know that as an older Gen Z-er I'm going to have college debt, but I really want to keep it at a minimum. Attending a CC first would allow me to live with family (rent free minus cost of utilities/ food), work a couple hours at a part time job, and volunteer. I can still work a part time job & volunteer at Davis, but not without increased stress. My main concern with attending a CC first is reapplying to Davis as a junior transfer and being ... rejected.
Has anyone on this site transferred to Davis from a CC? If so, what was the process like? How likely is it that I will be able to transfer from a CC as an Anthropology (focusing on cultural) major to Davis after 2 years? Is the college experience (living in dorms your freshman year) really worth all the debt?
A concerned senior