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Whatever You Need Is Right Around the Corner

By Antonica Hernandez
EMCC's new Estrella Hall North

Perhaps the best thing about community college is that it offers all of the same resources to students at a more affordable price than say, a university. Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is the perfect example of a student’s cheaper alternative.

There is just about everything you can think of on campus - a bookstore, an advisement and enrollment center, a café, a tutoring and learning center, and a beautiful library that was remodeled to accommodate students’ needs.

Along with all of the wonderful resources that are offered, are even more wonderful people that are always willing and happy to assist with whatever one may need. Do you need help choosing classes that are the best fit for next semester? One of the many advisors in the enrollment center is likely to put you on the right track.

I myself had a great experience with one of the advisors; she was so kind to me and took the time to listen to what I needed, and then proceeded to help me figure out what classes I needed to take in order to stay on track for my associate’s degree. The advisors make the process to transfer to a university much easier than it would be without guidance.

Along with centers for assistance, it is awesome having a place to grab a meal in between classes without actually having to leave campus and giving up your parking spot, which makes the cafeteria/café so convenient. They offer a variety of food choices; healthy food and then enough of a selection to satisfy that little junk craving.

The Starbucks on site is also extremely beneficial and much appreciated, especially to those such as myself who have early morning classes but are not willing to sacrifice that extra ten minutes of sleep to get our coffee fix.

Having a bookstore on campus serves as a major advantage as well. Rather than ordering books from an online website that may not be trustworthy, it is easy to pop right in before, after, or in between classes and purchase what you need. They also offer the option to rent your textbooks instead to save money.

Books that are required for just about each course stock the shelves along with writing utensils, notebooks, note cards, and basically anything else you might find you need at some time during the semester.

The newly renovated library is excellent for some down time. It is nice, quiet, and provides an opportunity to complete homework assignments uninterrupted or study for exams. EMCC student Sydney Jones said, “The new library is super nice! The librarians are very helpful both when a student needs to find a book, and also with all of the online resources (which are also really helpful!).”

Knowing that there are so many resources and so many people to turn to should one need help with anything is extremely reassuring. It is comforting to know that there is a person to speak to for anything, and everything.