“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”Albert Einstein
Graduating high school on my 16th birthday is still a concept that shocks myself and others. I wanted to take the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and in 11th grade when school got too hard to handle she allowed me to take the test especially since I had a semi plan in place with what to do with higher education. My mom really wanted me to continue with school and so did I. I enrolled myself into Santa Monica College winter term and took my first community college class: English 1. I got an A in the class and realized that community college really isn’t all that bad.
At first, I was worried what people would think of me attending a community college. My family was supportive but what do friends of family say behind closed doors. My high school was also very pretentious which was a reason why I left in the first place. Everyone judging each other on the amount of AP’s they were taking, or the after-school activities they were also involved in. It was essentially a passive aggressive fight to see who was the most tired. Competing to see who got the least amount of sleep due to studying.
I see community college as a place to learn and get an education no matter how long it takes or how prestigious the college is. Students choose to be there! People choose community college to get an education no matter what. They can choose it to save money, to earn an extra credential or degree, or to learn something new. Community college isn’t what it seems. I learned its full of eager students who want to learn! They love to learn! And it’s for everyone!