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Campus News
My Valiant Return to Community College

By Matt Jakubowski | Posted September 16, 2014

Are community colleges just as good as universities? I know firsthand the advantages and disadvantages of universities and community colleges because I have been to both. Universities are fun places to be, but community colleges are a lot more convenient.


Each one comes with its own set of challenges and lessons. I started off my college career at Northern Illinois University. I enjoyed it and it was challenging. The classes were hard, but not unreasonably hard. I lived in a dormitory and there was no one to tell me what to do.


The biggest problem I had was that I had too much freedom. My grades plummeted and I was forced to come home and attend Morton College for my sophomore year. I was overtly against coming to Morton College since I had a taste of the university life. I was convinced that it wasn’t going to be like NIU and I wouldn’t learn anything. Much to my surprise, I was completely wrong. I learned a lot at Morton College and I continue to learn.


Just because you go to a community college doesn’t mean you’re not as good as anyone that goes to a university. In fact, it’s much smarter to go to a community college for the first two or three years of college. You can knock out all of your general education classes for a fraction of the cost of a university. I’ve also noticed that most class sizes at Morton College are smaller than the class sizes at universities. I prefer smaller class sizes because it allows me to be more active in class.


My time at Morton College has shown me that community colleges can be just as good as universities. You can get the same education as a university, but for a fraction of the cost and it’s much closer to home.

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