A college degree can be a very valuable tool depending on your career choices. Unfortunately, not everybody has the time, money, or ability to go to a four-year university. This is why we need places like the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and other local community colleges, to assist students that do not fit the mold of a typical college student.
I discovered CCC last year when my boss recommended to me that I should finish my degree. He said it would be nice to have just for the sake of having one, and I agreed. Though I had gone to school for many, many years, I had never taken the final plunge of finishing a particular degree. I just kept changing majors and studying whatever I wanted to. I love learning, so I would just take a full load of classes every semester of random courses that I liked.
Being that I love the IT field, I could literally take the same class year after year and learn new things. Up until recently, this was sufficient for me, and I had never thought of it differently. However, when he recommended that I finish school, I thought, "why not?".
Unfortunately, the core requirements in Arkansas, while similar, are not the same as the core requirement in Illinois. So, after reading about all the local colleges and universities, I decided the best thing to do would be to start small by finishing up the new "core requirements" before heading off to finish the major-specific classes at a four-year institute. It was during my search for a quick fix that I stumbled across Truman College, a CCC school.
I called Truman immediately to find out more information, and was surprised to hear that I was calling less than a week before their Fall 2013 semester started. I apologized for being late, and offered to call back later to register for Spring. The lady on the telephone assured me that I was not too late and suggested that I come in that day.
Hours after my initial call, I had my first appointment with Bernie Weekes, who was going to be my new academic adviser while at CCC. Bernie was not only a sweetheart to talk to, but she got me enrolled and registered quickly. I started class literally one week after deciding to go back to school.
Now, here I am an academic year after enrolling, and today was my last day at Truman. I could stay and take more courses if I wanted, but I think now is the time to take the plunge and transfer all my credits to a four-year institute. I'm hopeful that within a year or so, I can finally walk away with a BA in something.
I am forever thankful though for Truman and CCC. During my year at Truman, I was afforded the opportunity to go to school, get re-acclimated to taking college courses, get actual credit hours, gain the ability to easily transfer to a four-year university, and all at a cost that I could easily afford. I can honestly say that Truman and CCC were one the best thing to happen to me in terms of continuing my education.
Now, I know people have their personal perceptions of community colleges, but regardless of what anyone thinks, an education is an education. We all learn differently, and some of us need the flexibility of something like Truman over the prestige of a better known school.
Lastly, even though I know that my ultimate goal is to finish in a few years, I will admit was very rewarding when I walked into take my final today and saw my name listed on the wall of graduates.
Accomplishments feel great!
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