Dear Frosh: I wish I took community college classes
Today's advice for college freshmen is from Matt Impink, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and is now an education policy consultant in Indianapolis.
I wish I had known about all of the less-expensive alternatives to the traditional college path.
In many ways, I closely followed the traditional path: In high school, I used the US News rankings to begin my college search. Right after graduating, I went straight to college. I am now 25 years old and a graduate of an Ivy League university.
I never considered the idea of attending a community college and transferring to a four-year institution to complete my bachelors degree. So many students spend gobs of money without realizing there are great alternatives.
I could have simply attended a community college for cheap and then transferred to a top school. Many community colleges have honors programs for students looking to take advantage of the lower costs for their first two years. I would have loved the smaller classes and professors focused on teaching undergraduates.
I loved my experience at Penn and doubt I would trade that in for any amount of savings, but I think I made a very important decision without considering other worthwhile options. Too many students turn their noses up at community colleges because their lack of "prestige" like I did. That is simply uninformed and somewhat elitist.
I'm glad that I enjoyed my traditional college experience because it sure hurts when I have to make that loan payment every month.
September 8, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
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