Case Study: Community College Transfers

by Chad Agrawal

Dave and Sarah were very popular in high school. Both of them had active social lives and had played varsity sports for competitive teams. As a result, their grades did not reflect his or her ability. They both had GPA's below 3.0 and decided that going to community college wouldn't be too bad...

3 Years Later:

Dave is in his junior year at the University of Pennsylvania. He has received a few job offers with opportunities for a strong career.

Sarah isn't in college and doesn't have an associates degree. She is working temporary jobs around her home.

In this post, we'll explore what made Dave transfer to an Ivy League University and Sarah drop out from community college. How could two students that were so similar end up in such different places? Let's see...

Dave At Community College

Dave figured he had nothing to lose so he decided to give community college his best shot. Going to community college, Dave started with a plan and followed it.
Having a firm plan and sticking to it, Dave was able to prioritize better. He felt more confident because he began to get great grades. Because Dave wasn't stressed about his academics, he was more open to meet people on campus and started enjoying his community college experience. Without realizing it, time was flying by and when it came time to apply to universtities, Dave found himself applying to Tier 1 & Ivy League universities, making his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah At Community College

Unlike Dave, Sarah didn't take much initiative to get going at community college. She decided to "go with the flow" at community college. Not having a plan to follow, she was unfocused and stressed about her classwork. Eventually, Sarah's grades fell. She never had the time to meet new people because she felt guilty about hanging out. Not enjoying community college and failing to succeed, Sarah decided the college just wasn't for her.


Dave and Sarah were two similar students in high school. Going to community college, they ended up having very different experiences because of a well laid out plan.

With a plan, Dave was able to focus on what he needed to do. On the other hand, Sarah felt overwhelmed and lost without a plan to follow.

Whether you make the plan yourself or get our community college transfer guide, you will be much better off either way.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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