There are people out there who look down on community college students. Screw those people. Community college students have swag you can't even reckon with.
1. They get all those sweet, sweet Gen Ed credits without paying insulting amounts of money.
2. They get to have at least a couple old people in every class who tell ridiculous stories about the war and/or bring snacks for everyone on Fridays.
3. They understand the deep divide that exists between the kids who are there to save money and transfer to the best possible school, and the kids who are there because they want to delay going to work at a warehouse for another year or two whilst living at their parents’ house.
4. When it comes to extra curricular activities, the Student Activities council will all but throw resources at anyone who wants to try something new because they are always looking for ways to “make campus life more exhilarating.”
5. Most of them will never know student debt, or at least not heavy student debt.
6. They have access to all of the criminally-underrated transfer scholarships, and are able to arrive in their new school with all of the battle scars that come from serving two years in a community college.
7. They have developed a rock-solid emotional exoskeleton from having to deal with everyone’s constant snide/derisive remarks about attending a community college.
8. The professors — who are usually available at a shockingly high rate — will shower them with love if they show a good amount of motivation and interest in the course.
9. They get to have classes with all the weird, grizzled-yet-brilliant professors who have left the liberal arts college system for reasons that seem… unclear….
10. Because they often transfer to super-good schools and then everyone is like, “Wait, you went to a community college?!” as though they are freshly emerged from some sort of leper-filled swamp.
11. They get to power through technical degrees and straight into well-paying union jobs with brilliant efficacy.
12. They get to look, from their technical position, with a certain amount of smugness at the liberal arts students who mocked them for their “blue-collar” interests, as they now have a good job where few people their age do.
12. While they can be surrounded by completely unmotivated slackers in a lot of their classes, they are acutely aware of how many opportunities await them if they are willing to work hard.
13. They can work a part-time job after school and actually put the money towards a) their future or b) the things they want to do in their spare time.
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