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Transitioning from a Community College to a Four-Year School or University

By Kayla Lombardo
Staff Writer

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, many students are graduating from MCC and are going to attend a four-year university. This transition can be very stressful for students and many of them are probably not sure what to expect. I am one of the students who
will be graduating, but I am very excited for what’s to come. The process of applying and waiting to be accepted is very nerve racking but it is also relieving and exciting once you get that acceptance letter.

Students should just take the process step by step and not worry so much. Most of the four-year colleges send you an email that explains what you need to do next and write it out in steps to make it easy for you. The main goals you need to accomplish are sending your deposit, setting up your new email, applying for housing, creating your class schedule, and talking to an advisor. It seems overwhelming at first but every time you complete something you feel even more at ease.

Once you get to the college is when the transition period really starts. Community college students commute back and fourth to school every day which is a big hassle, so now staying on campus would be a great change. I think it would be great to wake up late and be able to walk to class and still get there at a decent time, opposed to having to leave your house 15 to 45 minutes
early depending on how far you live from the school and then sitting in traffic. Dorming is an experience that I think all college students should have and it is a way for us to be independent.

You will need to get used to sharing a small space with multiple people your age. Even things like doing laundry will be a big change because you need to share them with other people and find time in between classes to do it. It is a big change from attending community college and still living at home with your parents but I think it is a great way to learn responsibility and meet
a lot of new friends.

Another transition would be working. I work part time now while I attend MCC and I know a lot of other students do too, but when you go to a university that is most likely out of state or far from your hometown, you may not be able to keep your same job or transfer. Having to find a new job closer to the new school or not working at all during the semester will be very
different and you will need to adjust. I think that not working will give you more time to focus on your school work, especially in my case because I will be taking more classes at the four-year college. Your schedule may work out better there and you may realize after the first month or so
that you have free time and would be able to get a part-time job around there which would be great.

Overall, I think that going from living with your parents and commuting to school to moving out and living at a four-year school will be stressful. It will be overwhelming at first andyou may have doubts, but it will be a good experience in the end. Doing small things like taking
everything step by step and planning will help you out. Once you get to the new school, joining clubs or going to events will help you be social and make new friends. This transition is hard but worth it.

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