When someone says the word student, what comes to mind? Often, we think of eighteen-year-olds fresh out of high school, enrolled fulltime, with limited outside obligations to such things as work or family. But, according to a report by the Center for Postsecondary Economic Success, today nearly a quarter of all college and university students have children they are responsible for, with 13 percent of students being single parents.
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When I decided to major in Social Work, I was already an established student at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). I found myself attending EMCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while simultaneously attending Glendale Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the required Social Work courses.
Why is it that the one day I am running late to class, finding a decent parking space becomes harder than finding Waldo in a Where’s Waldo book? Parking at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has become a problem with the expansion of Estrella Hall and the recent construction near one of the main parking lots.
Each year, textbooks become more and more expensive. Based on a survey released in 2011 by the Student Public Interest Research Group, “textbook prices increased 22 percent over the last four years.” This prevents students from buying many textbooks to save funds, which could compromise learning. The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) bookstore is not an exception to this textbook statistic.
When big universities or private colleges are advertised, it is not unusual for them to mention their instructors’ experience in their field of study. However, I have found out that it is no longer necessary to get into debt in order to get a worthy education. Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) can be the perfect school for someone looking for excellent schooling, and that is why it became the school of my choice.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics' website, “A nontraditional student was identified by the presence of one or more of the following seven characteristics: delayed enrollment into postsecondary education, attended part time, financially independent, worked full time while enrolled, had dependents other than a spouse, was a single parent, or did not obtain a standard high school diploma.” I consider myself a “non-traditional student,” qualifying as a part-time student, financially independent, and caring for my two dependents, my sons, 11 and 6-years-old.