Myth #1: College is just like high school
College is a lot different from high school. There isn’t as much accountability because it is on you to go to class and do your required assignments. Nobody will track you down if you aren’t going to class or if you forget to turn in an assignment. Starting college is one of your first steps into adulthood, it is important that you are attending classes and doing what is asked of you so you can get the most out of your college experience! Most students are not able to “float” through college like they did in high school; you will have to study and plan ahead in order to be successful! 20% of the students we surveyed were unsure about their grades mid-semester. It is important to know where you stand, so ask!
Myth #2: College professors do not want to help
We hear a lot of feedback from students saying they are struggling in a class and they are not sure what to do! The best piece of advice is to go see your professor. They do want to help you but they do not know that you are struggling unless you ask them! Your professor is the best person to turn to because they are teaching the material so they will be the most familiar with it and they will be able to tell you what expectations they have of you and the quality of your work. They are often eager to help students who reach out. I would suggest talking to them after class or visit them during their office hours!
Myth #3: Community colleges are not as good as 4 year institutions
The perception of community college is changing with TN Promise. Many community colleges are adding more clubs, activities, and extra-curricular activities to meet the needs of their student body. You can experience most of the same things at a community college as you can at a 4 year institution for less cost.
Myth #4: I do not have to attend all of my classes to get good grades
While attendance policies do vary by professor. Most all professors do have some sort of policy in place regarding attendance so know what each professor’s policy is! Some will even be as strict as missing one class can drop you a letter grade. You cannot expect to do well in a class if you are not attending the class. Show up to class both physically and mentally!
Myth #5: The credits I’ve earned at a community college will not transfer
TN Transfer Pathways guarantees a student who completes all the courses listed on a particular Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at the community college and all courses will count toward completion of that particular major. There are over 30 majors involved in the TN Transfer Pathway! It is important that you be sure you are following your pathway. To be sure, it is important that you meet with your advisor each semester before registering for classes so you know you are on the right path. It is also helpful to ask the school you are wanting to transfer to, what classes they require so you know what to take!
Myth #6: Once I complete 4 semesters, I will graduate
Students are required to complete at least 60 hours before they are able to graduate. So if you are only taking the minimum amount of hours to be full-time for 4 semesters, that would only bring you to 48 completed hours. That doesn’t take into consideration if you fail a class or if you have to take remedial classes when you first got to college. Remedial classes do not count towards your major. It is possible to take more than 12 credit hours a semester but do not try to do too much because your health and grades may suffer. It is important to take your time and do well in your classes! Sometimes it takes more than 4 semesters and that is ok!
If you are struggling, ask for help! There are so many resources available to you. If you aren’t sure where to go, ask a classmate or contact tnAchieves!