Starting at a community college was one of the best decisions I've ever made in life. I received a lot in return financially, academically, and personally. The cost of classes and books was very convenient. I received more guidance and help from my professors compared to the ones at the UofA. As far as social life goes, I got involved in clubs and made numerous great friends. But I also learned how to collaborate with others when working on projects and other real world stuff. So basically AWC gave me opportunities that I didn't get in high school. I called it a new hope. Therefore, I recommend to any incoming college freshman to start at a community college and work their way up. It will be an easier transition from high school to college.
- Ulises Pino – Arizona Western College
Studying at a community college was the best decision for me. The financial affordability allowed me to pay for my entire schooling through scholarships and grants. The smaller class sizes helped with the transition from high school. One of my favorite parts about studying at a community college was getting involved on campus through clubs and employment. I have created amazing friendships with phenomenal people and experienced mentorships with passionate professors and staff. I will always advocate for community colleges and recommend them to my students in the future.
- Talia Baca – Arizona Western College
Studying at a community college has given me more opportunities to progress as a student since it allows me to be more involved and build a better connection with my professors. Additionally, with smaller class sizes, you are able to build more rapport with your classmates and will see them in future classes if you have similar majors. Finally, community college are more affordable than a traditional 4 year university, while all offering a path to move to the university after graduation and the receiving of your associate's.
- Esteban Canales – Arizona Western College
As I continue to expand my knowledge through higher education, I constantly reinforce the thought that community college was the right first step towards accomplishing my goals. Community college provides a variety of departments and staff that are focused on guiding and helping students. This more affordable alternative also provided an environment that encouraged me to continue learning.
Arizona Western College