Long-Term Goals for Community College Students

Long-Term Goals for Community College Students
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    With a semester or two of community college under your belt, you've established a pace that will eventually lead to an associate degree.

    That degree may be your final higher education goal or it could be a steppingstone to bigger and better things, namely a bachelor's degree.

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As you begin to approach the halfway mark at community college, there are several long-term educational goals to keep in mind.

1. Maintain your grades. As you weigh your options post community college, you may find it difficult to balance studying, test taking, and preparing for your next step. By all means keep your grades up as your grades must transfer. Indeed, some four-year colleges require transferring students to have at least a “C” grade for each class. Classes with lower grades will not transfer, costing you time and money.

2. Meet with your academic advisor. Before you begin your final year of community college and certainly before the final semester, you should make an appointment with your academic advisor. This individual can discuss with you your transfer options including the four-year schools that might accept you. Your advisor will help you create a pathway to transfer including identifying four-year schools of interest to you.

3. Consider financial aid. Your higher education costs may surge when attending four-year college. Community colleges are typically heavily subsidized and don’t have the overhead that four-year institutions have. You should have a good idea of what your future costs will be, but also fill out a FAFSA as soon as you identify your new school. Apply for college scholarships and grants too, money that you do not pay back.

4. Know your career goals. As your transfer to a four-year college, you should have a clear picture of your career goals. At this point in your educational pursuit, you should know exactly what you want to do after college. To change later on will mean further delays and could affect your academic performance. Nail down your career pursuit and pursue that with abandon.

5. Look ahead to graduate school. You’re still in community college and you’re thinking about graduate school? That’s a good plan as you may need a master’s degree to prepare you for the workplace. Your new school should provide a steppingstone to your graduate education, providing a similar path forward to that school as your community college did for it.

6. Continue with networking. The contacts you make at community college can prove invaluable as you go to four-year college. Likely, you’ll attend your new school with students you met at community college. These individuals are part of your support network and should be nurtured. After all, your college experience is quite different from students that started out at that four-year school. You should also maintain contact with instructors and faculty members that benefited you at community college.

Preparing for Your Career

Community college is an important step as you prepare for your career. For many students, their education will end there, but for other students a four-year degree even a graduate degree is in the cards. Who knows, but you may enjoy college so much and find a career path that you like, that you’ll move on to a professional degree.

Related Reading

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