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Compare and Contrast Essay

Compare and Contrast


  While many times it is not about the grades and getting into college, it is all about the other aspects including financial issues, level of independence and whether or not a major is already determined. Community College and four year Universities are both excellent choices, but are meant for vastly different people. If someone has a set career path in mind such as a lawyer, then pursue law school in a four year University. But if that person is not prepared to leave home or has no set goals in mind, then Community College would be a much better choice for that individual.
  The education that Community College provides is different from that of a four year university. While many people believe that University is by far better, "Community Colleges tend toward fewer students per class, which means more student/teacher interaction. This is good for students who like access to their instructors so they can ask questions and avoid getting lost"1. Fewer student to teacher ratio means more one on one time with student and teacher, therefor enhances a students learning. It also means more recognition per student and individual teaching. At Universities there is much less one on one time. Classrooms and lectures are fully crowded with hundreds of students per one teacher. Although, Community College cannot provide students with the same degrees that Universities can, "Most general ed. coursework that a University requires of its freshmen and sophomores can be taken at a Community College. At a University you can be educated to within an inch of your life: they offer Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates"2. Therefore, Community College and Universities give different types of education. In Universities one can have many more opportunities for pursuing one's career, but in Community College one can receive more help and more time to figure out what they would like to do in life.
  College life is vastly different from campuses of Community Colleges to that of Universities. On the campuses of Universities, there is the excitement of having your own living quarter and sharing a room with someone that does not exist in Community Colleges, "She was relieved to see that she was teamed with someone who seemed nice and easy to get along with. She said she's also excited to claim "independence" and is looking forward to "meeting new people"3. With living on campus it provides a completely different experience than going to a Community College where no dorms are available. In Community College, you might meet a few people but there are no social gatherings or ways to meet a lot of people. In Community College there is no sports or activities to get to know one another but in Universities there is, "Sports, clubs,[and] bonding with fellow collegians"4. Some students are not into sports or other activities and are more family oriented so this would not be a big issue for that crowd of people.
  Financial issues and surviving the higher cost of four year Universities is a major difference between that of Community Colleges. Sometimes students cannot afford the high cost of a University but on the other hand, "Community colleges offer comparable freshman and sophomore level general education classes at a fraction of the per credit cost of four-year institutions"5. For many, money is the main reason of not going to a four year University. Due to not wanting to go into debt, students usually choose a Community College. "If university costs are just too much, even with scholarship, grant, and other assistance, then community college can also offer an alternative that allows full-time attendance"6. For equal credits at a lower cost Community College is very appealing to students with a limited supply of money.
  Another difference between Community College and a four year University is that some students are not mentally stable enough to leave home yet; "Moving away from home when you’re a barely legal adult and living sans parental supervision in a puke-infested dorm is the American version of painfully unmentionable tribal rites of passage. It’s a grow-up-quick, sink-or-swim, survival-of-the-fittest situation and it is what memories are made of"7. For some teenagers, the fear of leaving home and having to provide for yourself is too overwhelming. For those mentally capable of living and supporting themselves, a University is the right choice.In regards to the University experience, "The experience of packing up and leaving your bedroom in your parents' home forever"8. While Universities have many advantages, Community College provides life as it at home with a higher level of education. Many can still live at home and enjoy the college experience.
   The University choice today is generally looked at as the better choice for college but many students may choose Community College as the alternative due to lack of being prepared. As a result of lack of high school achievements, "Students may not feel that they have a firm enough grasp of high school material or possibly the grades to allow them to gain admission to a University program and doing well in it. For students such as these, a community college may offer a way to continue their education and strengthen their educational foundations"9. This is a great compromise between high school and a four year university allowing students to catch up and feel more confident in themselves. It can push students so far that they, "Are many times half way to their Bachelor's degree, already having many of their general education requirements behind them"10. This puts students in a position so that they are confident and prepared for the real world more so than they would be if they had to transition straight to a four year University.
  Community College and Universities both serve great purposes. Community College serves a better purpose for those who are not mentally or educationally prepared to move on to a much higher level education. It also is more fit for those who do not want the social aspect or who wants more personal one on one attention in class. Universities are set out there for those who achieved their high school goals and are ready to leave home and become more independent. It is also better for the college experience of dorm life and sport activities. It all depends on the individual student making the choice, their financial status, maturity level, and their over all wants during their college life.

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2 Harrington, Alexa. "Community College vs. University." http://www.educatednation.com/2008/    
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3 Shuleeta, Brandon . "New students descend on university Grounds." Daily Progress, 23 August     
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