Courtney Craig October 25th 2009 SLS Reid M/T/W 8:00 My Community College Experience So far my community college experience has been the best I’ve ever had. I have enjoyed the freedom, my coursework, and all the new friends I’ve made. When I first started college, I wasn’t excited at all. I just knew that the work wasn’t going to be as difficult as a university and I basically saw the whole idea as a joke. After just a couple of short months at Florida State College of Jacksonville, I see now that everything I thought about the school was just a simple minded cliche.
Not only is this the same environment as a university but they have the same type of activities as well. I have not a doubt in my mind that going to a junior college prior to attending a university will set me up for the utmost success. My first day at FSCJ was an eye opening experience of what college life was really going to be like. There was so much more freedom than in high school. When you have to use the restroom or make a phone call, permission is not needed, everything is on your time. When you miss a class, nobody is going to call your mother or give her an update on how your classes are going.
As a matter of fact, I soon found out that your parents aren’t even allowed access to your grades unless granted permission by you. I believe this is right around the time I started loving college life. If you party all night and don’t feel like going to class the next day, you don’t have to, but it is still your responsibility to get your work. This has bought me to my next subject, responsibility. Unlike high school, teachers do not care if you pass or fail, they do not care if you don’t come to class, or about your excuses on why your work isn’t done.
Nobody is there to babysit you anymore, everything becomes real. That’s when I realized that this was finally real life. Another thing I also enjoy about college life is the coursework. I enjoy the freedom of getting your assignment online and doing the assignment on your time. Having the choice of when your classes are also is a plus. I am a morning person so my classes start at 8am and my school day is usually done by noon, and I take a full course load. That leaves the rest of my day to do what I need to whether it be work or fun.
I have also found out once you finish high school it is harder to meet friends because most of the friends I had I knew from high school and they went away to college. I just knew I wasn’t going to make any friends at FSCJ, Not only did I meet a lot of new great people but I’ve also found that many of my old friends from elementary and middle school also go to FSCJ as well. In conclusion, I have had a far better experience at FSCJ than I ever thought I would and I wouldn’t trade it for any university experience out there. Between my classes, my freedom, and my coursework I wouldn’t trade FSCJ for the world.