For most seniors in high school, determining a college to attend is difficult. With so many conditions to consider, it can be an overwhelming task. As a senior at South Elgin High School in 2010, these were not the troubles I faced. I knew exactly where I wanted to go and that was Elgin Community College. I did not “shop around” or visit any school except for ECC.
I selected this school for many reasons, first, because it was literally a 10 minute drive from home. As a senior in high school, I was not interested in institutions that were far from my house and I still feel that way now. Initially, ECC was my ultimate choice because of the location. Looking back on my three years now, however, there were many other reasons I chose it such as cost, class size, and because my closest friends were attending ECC as well.
Being a graduate from ECC is an amazing feeling. I am absolutely shocked when I think about how I’ve changed over these last three years and it is all due to what this astonishing institution has provided me with. Knowing that I am a college graduate makes me feel successful and accomplished. I have just increased my chances of earning $1,000,000 more over my lifetime because I chose to attend a community college before a four-year institution. Being a graduate makes me feel like I have the skills to be a dominant force in society and that I can still have millions of lessons to learn. I know I have the ability to accomplish anything I want now.
My best advice for graduating high school seniors is to simply get involved with the campus and community. I would have never known what I wanted to be if it was not for my involvement in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Had it not been for this amazing advisor and group of students, I could possibly be majoring in a career that was not meant for me. I encourage every high school senior to find an organization, club, or extracurricular activity they enjoy and invest themselves in it like I have done with Phi Theta Kappa. Lastly, I want to encourage students to live by a quote and exercise it on a day to day basis, “Wherever you go, lead by example and make a difference.” Campus involvement and community service are two of the best decisions you can make as an incoming freshmen and individual.
- Samantha Migatz, South Elgin, General Studies, Business