I often get embarrassed when I tell people I am starting off at community college. But in reality, It's one of the best choices I've made for my future.
I'm going to be an elementary teacher and I think we all know there isn't a whole lot of money in that field. So having as little debt as possible is the goal. Be able to move out and support myself sooner the better and that wouldn't be very easy with 80,000+ dollars in debt looming over my head.
In highschool I had good grades. Nothing crazy great, but definitely good grades. I got into Universities but when the forms telling me it would put me over 20,000 dollars into debt four times... I got hesitant. I wasn't eligible for any financial aid. So I had a choice. Move out and go away to school now and rack up debt, or stay home now, save money and move out once I have a job.
I chose to stay home. I chose to commute to community college then transfer to a bigger four year university after a couple of years, getting my prerequisites out of the way.
In about a year I am transferring to University of Michigan Dearborn to get my University of Michigan degree. There are so many amazing counselors and advisors to meet with at schools to help you figure out where you want to go, and how you want to do it. Transferring classes and figuring out what classes to take can be tricky but If you take this route (which I highly recommend) go to a couple schools you're interested in and talk to someone. I have met with not only University of Michigan but also Eastern Michigan University. I had both options open for years and both are great schools with great staff.
So far have no debt, and am able to work easily and commute back and forth easily. If you have any questions, feel free to go to the contact tab above and email me!