To the Editor:
From the time my high school peers started filling out their applications for their prospective four-year universities, I knew I wanted to start my educational path at Elgin Community College.
I knew my financial limits, and by choosing ECC, I was avoiding a stockpile of loans. Upon revealing this plan to the people I knew, I countlessly heard, “You’re going to miss out on the real college experience.”
At first this statement intimidated me. Now, I look back at this naive statement and realize the myth that it is.
While I’ve been at ECC, I’ve served as the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society service officer, helped organize the Honors Student Council, organized visits to Food for Greater Elgin, created the literacy project Chapters for Children, been selected as a member of the All-Illinois Academic Team and met many talented people through the campus’ writing club.
All of these organizations have given me opportunities to travel to different parts of the state and country, helped me discover my passion for English and allowed me to attend many enriching events.
If I could give any advice to incoming students at ECC, I would tell them to take advantage of these opportunities. These projects, events and organizations have been my “real college experience,” and I feel so honored to have had such a wonderful first two years of higher education.
I look forward to attending the University of Illinois-Chicago in the fall.