Despite offering tremendous opportunity, community colleges everywhere still catch a bad reputation. But, why does community college have a bad reputation? At first glance, it's because of students who are ungrateful and complain a lot!
College is always going to be what you make it. That's never going to change. You can attend a top ranked, Ivy League university like Cornell University and if you don't make the best of your situation, it's not going to be a great experience. The same goes for community college.
Unfortunately, many students in community college do not make the best of their situation. They spend their time focusing on all the downsides of the school rather than all the opportunities to take advantage of. Then, since they make up a majority, they complain and most people only hear the bad parts about community college. But, most people very rarely hear about students transferring to Ivy League from community college (even though it happens every years)
Who's To Blame For The Bad Reputation?
Thus far, I've said that it's all the students' fault. Yes, they are the reason why community colleges do have a bad reputation, but it's not all their fault. They just don't know how to make the best of the 2-year experience.
If they had someone to tell them what to do, or a step-by-step community college guide, they would be able to take advantage of all the opportunities offered to them. By following a plan, they would be much more likely to stay focused on the upsides of community college, rather than complaining about the downsides. So it's not entirely, their fault. They need support from family and friends or a guide to help them along the way.
In the end, community colleges have a bad because people are simply NOT informed. Community colleges give students a fresh start, discounted quality education and the chance to transfer to university. They are quite undeserving of a bad reputation and it's our job to speak up!