14. Even if they are a little hesitant at first to socialize with people who are different than them, they quickly realize that all of the students from different age brackets and backgrounds are all really cool people that they should make the effort to get to know.
15. They can make years-long friendships with a 40-year-old mother of three and a 22-year-old slacker, and adore them both equally.
16. They know how to avoid the cigarette butts littered around campus with laser-like precision.
17. Even though a good amount of their friends are probably going to be assholes about their choice to go to CC, they are going to turn that other cheek, à la Jesus, and wait until they see the semester’s bill to feel all vindicated and righteous.
18. They can experiment with all kinds of different classes to find out exactly what kinds of things interest them, and, at least financially speaking, they aren’t forced to commit to anything before they want to.
19. If they put in even, like, a couple hours a week at the library, they can basically go to school for free.
20. Because they are likely living with their parents for an extra year or two, they get to develop that interesting, neither-kid-nor-adult relationship that can make your overall connection with your parents just that much sweeter.
21. They have the change of scenery between high school and CC, which is pretty crazy (even if you don’t think it would be), and then they have another culture shock two years into their studies, which totally slaps them across the face with the baby powder of reality and gets them pumped to finish things out strong.
22. They are hella appreciative of a good university education when it comes time to transfer.
23. They have those tiny-ass classes even in their freshman year, so they get the joy of taking stuff like Psych 111 without the spiritual drain that is having to share said class with 200 other students. They get the intimacy of Master’s classes with the easy-A coasting of low-level gen ed classes, and they may even one day get to experience the same conditions for their actual Master’s classes, which they will actually have money for.