Reflective Essay: I Want To Go To Community College

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My senior year of high school, I applied to one university because I the only way to be success in life was to go to that school. Fast forward to a few months later, when I received what I thought was the biggest heartbreak of my life. I was seventeen and my parents had not so great credit, it was impossible for me to get loans for a $50,000 a year school. I was devastated. Not going to college was not an option for me, but I simply did not think I was the type of student who went to community college. I faced an identity crisis unlike one I had never known. Why did I spend my entire high school career taking solely AP and honors coursework only to end up staying in my hometown while all my classmates all got to go to four year universities?
Seventeen year old me thought this was truly the worst thing that could have ever happened to me, but reflecting on that time, it truly was
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Throughout my tenure, I developed meaningful relationships with patients and have an overall desire to help in any way possible. Although I cannot help as a clinician, I can help by furthering my education with a specialization in health law. In addition to law school, I have a goal of obtaining a master’s degree in public health to further my knowledge on the subject.
Although community college and later a transfer to a four-year institution was not my original plan, it is far better than anything I could have planned for myself. Part of maturing is learning that you cannot control everything. As someone who likes to plan everything, I found that to be a very difficult lesson to learn. But regardless, I am so grateful for the community college and occupational experience I gained that I never would have had if I had gone to that four-year institution that I thought was the sole requirement for any future
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