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Misconceptions: A Rant

Hello Raptors, how is your week going? We’re halfway there, stick it out, you got this.

I wanted to talk about a subject that Alexandra introduced (go watch her video if you haven’t already!) about the negative perceptions of Montgomery College.
In high school, the college and career counselors, helpful as they were, seemed to have a very anti-MC attitude. I was encouraged to apply to any and all liberal arts colleges, and my dream at the time was Loyola University (50k a semester, tuition alone).
Montgomery College was sort of the option that would be there “in case the others fell through.” As a safety net, or a last resort. I even applied to Catholic University (I’m not even Catholic), and would have taken out an enormous loan even WITH financial aid, had my mother not smacked some sense into me. I was encouraged to go anywhere BUT MC.

Even among my peers, MC was looked down upon. One classmate even suggested, in an extremely condescending way, that while he was applying to the UMBC Honors program and I would probably just “end up” at MC. What’s wrong with MC? It’s one of the top community colleges in the country. It’s EXTREMELY affordable – with FAFSA and the Pell grant, I’ve got free tuition.
Not everyone can afford a 4-year college right out of high school, or sometimes, at all. Unfortunately, since this country’s tuition is so astronomically expensive, some can’t afford university — yes, even with scholarships and grants.
Even if you can afford it, why not get your credits for a fraction of the price? And, taking tuition costs completely out of the picture, Montgomery College is not “thirteenth grade.” The students make it that experience, not the college. Harvard University can be thirteenth grade if you slack off enough!
The theory that community college is “lesser” is shunning people who don’t have the resources for more expensive universities. Besides, the quality of your credits doesn’t change because it’s a community college – hell, there’s a seamless transfer program to UMD! Get your associate’s degree! Montgomery College has exceptional professors and is an all around great school. I’m tired of this weird negative stigma surrounding MC that seems to start in high school.
This is a call to all MC Students: show your pride! Let others know how amazing the Raptors are!
Purple is the color of royalty, after all.

Taylor Oland

My name is Taylor and I'm 21 years old. I work full-time and attend MC part-time. I'm working on my Associates in General Studies, but my end goal is to be involved in the mental health field.

I'm an Aquarius, my favorite animals are frogs, and I believe in aliens. I like making jewelry and doing crafty, hands-on projects, and I adore crystals and things to do with magic and nature. 

I'm an intersectional feminist who is passionate about human rights - I am constantly trying to educate and challenge myself to be a better ally and activist.

I greatly enjoy horror movies and novels, and anything creepy, morbid, and macabre.

I love music: specifically rock, alternative, punk, and jazz. I can also play trumpet, guitar, and a bit of piano. It is a habit of mine to take nighttime scenic drives just to listen to music.
I also love breakfast food for any (and every) meal and I live off of excessive coffee. When I'm not at school, work, or asleep, I try to spend as much time as possible outside; I especially love exploring forests. 

If you see me around the Rockville campus, feel free to say hi! I'm pretty shy at first but I'm a very friendly and kind person, I promise.

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. First of all, very cute photo of you! You look so brainy with those glasses. I was shocked to find out from another student that is it the high school counselors themselves who are discouraging MC! Calling it the ‘fall back’ option. This is really tragic and hopefully, our MC recruiters are listening. My son, having gone to university at a well known name out of state as well as finishing off at UMUC said the professors at MC were better than both of those places! Over the years, I have seen IMO a great improvement in the overall quality of the students themselves as well. It just makes good financial sense if you can go free the first two years, and even if you cannot continue, you can get a good job with an associates.

  2. Nice post Taylor! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who experienced this during the college application process. And it’s also good that we’re discussing this issue when most people prefer to avoid it. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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