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It’s very easy to let adversity and clamor burden you; it’s easy to focus on the negative. Did you ever have this happen? You were having a fantastic day and everything was going great, but you bumped into someone and they treated you harshly or you got road-rage or you read some depressing news. Well, you could just let all that negativity in and wallow in it…or you can learn to accept it and focus on the positive. It wouldn’t be unpopular for me to talk about the recent election especially how controversial it was, but I’d like to talk about this instead. > https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/08/first-us-somali-lawmaker-ilhan-omar-elected-mn-house  <

The first Somali-American lawmaker was elected in Minnesota yesterday! Diversity, progression, equality, change. All right there, and it should be headlining because this is groundbreaking for America, but it’s not. Why? Well you know the answer to that.

Applying this to college is easy and commonsense as well. Bummed you’re at a 2-year instead of joining the “booming college life” at a 4-year (which really isn’t that glamorous by the way)? Well, focus on the positive aspects: You can focus on school and work towards scholarships, grants, and benefits. You’re saving a ton of money, because 4-years have drastically raised their tuition over the last 20 years or more. You get time – and time is precious – to figure everything out.

That’s all I have time for, so back to reading. This week I’m reading about Japan’s Comfort Women (horrifying stuff) but stay positive!

-Jacob

Jake

I am 20 years old and reside (for the most part) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I am on my second full year of classes(one year I took a single class as I was working). I have, however, recently moved to Prince George’s County and take my classes almost fully online for the exception of one short class at Takoma Park MC. I plan to finish my associates this fall or winter semester and transfer to a 4-year with an associates in General Studies.

Montgomery College has been my main occupancy for the past 2 years and I believe it’s also been the setting in which I’ve transformed and grown as an individual the most. I won’t say that the College is fully responsible for my change, but it has been a nurturing environment for me to trip up and fall down a couple times. Whether the issue was medical, personal, or economical. MC has been a forgiving institute, that I can say is unique to any 4-year. I feel that if I didn’t take my first steps at MC I wouldn’t be in college right now. I’d be in the army. Hmm, don’t the say the pen is mightier than the sword anyway?

So what now? Well I hope this introduction can show you a little of my background, as I am not a deeply personal man, I actually don’t talk about myself much, even less do I complain. Yet, I see this blog as accomplishing a task greater than a self-dominated diary of my experiences. I want this blog to persuade you to, if you haven’t decided already, to enroll at Montgomery College, I promise you won’t regret it.

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