Starting community college will probably be nerve-racking, no matter which school you attend. Being nervous about your first day is a common feeling for most community college students. In fact, it's a good feeling to have because it encourages you to prepare yourself by searching online or asking friends for helpful tips. These actions are crucial to helping you have an exceptionally amazing experience.
Everyone's definition of an amazing community college experience is going to be different. For this post, we'll consider the following: you going to community college, enjoying your time there, and transferring to Ivy League (or a Tier 1) university an amazing experience.
Sound good? If the idea alone doesn't convince you, I can also tell you that I've gone successfully gone through this myself so I am writing from 1st-hand experience.
Tips for Starting an Amazing Experience
First, it's most important to begin community college with a single goal in mind. If you're like most students, your goal is to transfer to a 4-year-college to complete your bachelors degree. Along the way, you'll attend community college for two years while earning transferable credits and an associates degree. Of course, you'll also be saving a considerable amount of money depending on where you want to transfer to. Always keep in mind the main goal, which is to succeed and then transfer.
So if you want to transfer to a specific university, make that your goal from the start. This will help you stay focused at community college. And the more specific your goal is, the better off you are. For example, if you want to transfer to an Ivy League university from community college, that's great. Now, try to narrow it down to a few schools that are best for your major. And don't be afraid to dream big! Starting community college is your chance to transfer anywhere. Be sure to take advantage of your opportunity.
Once you have a single goal in mind, you can shift your focus from your nerves to your next action to take to get yourself prepared. The more time you take to prepare, the more likely you'll be to succeed. And with the right guidance, anything is possible.
How To Start Community College Off Right
I was also nervous about starting community college and it served me well to learn as much as I could before I got there. Then, once I started community college with a single goal in mind, I was able to focus on what was most important. However, not right away. It took me a little time to learn how to achieve my goal of transferring to a top ranked undergraduate business school.
Fortunately for you, it won't take you long to learn how to achieve your goals at community college. Everything you need for starting community college and accomplishing your goal can be found in this community college guide. You'll learn exactly how I achieved my own goal by becoming the top student at community college and then transferring to NYU Stern School of Business. If I can do it, I'm pretty sure you can too, especially if you're starting off right.