Community Colleges Enrolling in universities after high school is a dream that many students have. Unfortunately, not all students have the opportunity to achieve this dream. In the article entitled “The Alternative”, written on April 11, 2010, Michelle R. Davis discussed how the economic downturn affected students’ choice after graduating from high school. Community colleges had many impacts on students. There were three major effects that community colleges had on students such as maturity, gain of experience and access to universities.
The first major effect that community colleges had on the students in the article was to mature and stay in their living environment. Students needed to gather experience before facing challenges at universities. For instance, Javier Pena, who graduated from Magruder High School, got a scholarship from Georgetown University, but he decided not to enroll in a four-year school attend Montgomery College (MC) because he was not ready to rely on himself. To illustrate, in the article, Pena said, “I just felt like I needed more growing and maturity to face such a big change, he said” (Davis 3. ).
This showed that he needed to gain experience before becoming independent. In addition, some students were not ready to live away from their loved ones. For example, Diane Lameira, after graduating from high school with a good GPA and obtaining a full scholarship from the University of Maryland, decided to attend MC because she wanted to stay near her family. To illustrate, in the article, Davis pointed, “She’s an only child and said she wasn’t ready to leave home” (Davis 3). This meant that MC gave Lameira the opportunity to stay with her family. Community Colleges helped students become mature and stay near their family.
The second major effect that community colleges had on students was the access to a four-year school. For students who graduated from high school with low GPA, community colleges such as MC and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) offered them the opportunity to work hard and improve their grades, so that they can transfer to a university of their choice after earning an associate’s degree. For example, Chris Roxas, NOVA student, said, “It was for people who didn’t do well in high school” (Davis 5). This showed that community colleges gave the opportunity to students with low grades to do better and access to universities.
In addition, community colleges such as MC and NOVA gave students the chance to the top universities. T o illustrate, Davis said, “Generally, NOVA guarantees admission to Virginia’ s pubic universities, such as the University of Virginia and George Mason University, for students who earn an associate’s degree and maintain a C average” (Davis 4). For instance, students such as Careful and Shad had the opportunity to transfer to Georgetown University after graduating from MC. Students went to community colleges, and they maintained a good GPA to get to a better university.
The last major effect that community colleges had on students was the less educational expense. Community colleges helped students save money. For example, Carufel, who was expected to enroll in a four-year school decide to attend NOVA when his mother Stacie Small lost her employee and was not able to afford his tuition. Davis said, “Frankie Carufel of Fairfax county was working on his applications to four-year institutions, including Howard University, when his mother, Stacie Small, lost her job and six-figure salary as a recruiter of architects and engineers.
Paying for a four-year college was no longer an option” (Davis 3). This meant that Carufel decided to attend NOVA because he wanted to save money that would help him pay for his university fees. Also, the tuition at community colleges is cheaper than at universities. As a result, saving money helped students who had financial problems save money while attending community college and used it after getting their associate’s degree to pay for universities’ fees.
In conclusion, maturity and staying in the living environment, the access to universities and saving money were the three major impacts that community colleges had on students in this article. Community colleges gave students various opportunities to success in life. Community colleges are good places to study as they open admission to all students and help gain experience for future use. Works Cited Davis, Michelle. “The Alternative. ” The Washington Post 11 April,2010. Web. 18 July 2012.