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Are You Sure?
Article Type: Quick and Dirty

Community college can be a smart choice for some. Maybe you want to save some money or maybe your dream career doesn't require a bachelor's degree. But we at Shmoop are looking out for you and want to make sure you are sure you are making the right choice. Consider the following:

  • You probably aren’t going to get the traditional “college experience”. Most community college students take classes and commute home afterward. Yes, there are some opportunities for socializing, but there will certainly not be the gamut of events, clubs, and close-knit bonding you would get at a four-year college.
  • Community colleges can sometimes have pretty narrow curricula. There are some non-vocational paths, but most prepare students for specific professional, vocational, or technical careers, so you may not have the chance to explore different courses to figure out your passions.

Change your mind? Check out some other options like Four-Year College, Vocational Training, or a Gap Year.  Cool with all this? Great, keep on the community college track. We just wanted you to be sure.

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