Yesterday, I read Tom Hank’s Op-Ed in the New York Times about how two years at community college changed his life and I t made him who he is today.
I agree with Tom, two years of community college changed my life. I thought about going to a larger institution but I wasn’t ready so I decided to attend the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). I’m not going to lie community college wasn’t the easiest path in the world. At community college there was plenty of fooling around. There are a lot of people there who are still trying to play it cool and went nowhere, but it was also a place like Tom said. It was a place where all kinds of different people came to better their lives, whether it was soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan, working mothers, unemployed factory workers, future Ivy leagues attending the honors college, or nowhere else to go high school graduates like myself. CCAC allowed me to experiment with different classes to find out what I liked and disliked. It allowed me to take everything from Chemistry and Calculus to Intro to Acting.
It gave me the opportunity to discover a love for reading, the benefits of handwork, and that I could succeed in college.
I might not be as successful as Tom Hanks but community college helped me go from a kid, who made mistakes without many options into an honors graduate at a four-year university with the ability to hold a good job with two prominent employers, and give my family the life they deserve.