Ashland Community & Technical College '13
Majoring in Optometry
Member since 4/26/2011
It's All Good – I haven't had the displeasure of the transfer experience yet, so I don't know how that will work out. It seems that most people transfer ok, but I have heard some horror stories as well. The flexibility with classes is pretty good. They allow students to withdraw from classes up til midterm, or up to the final if the professor consents. Sometimes the slots available for some classes are not ideal, but with a small school sometimes they only have the money (and the students available needing to take a course) for 1 slot in the semester. So far there really has been no difficulties as far as scheduling and my advisor really knows what she is doing.
Close, No Cigar – I am not sure exactly how to grade the financial aid system since I really don't have anything to compare it to just yet. The process is rather straight forward and I have never found myself not getting funds or anything of that nature. I figure most of financial aid is decided upon by the governments more than the school itself. They really don't offer much in the way of financial aid outside of pell grants, subsidized and unsubsidized loans. I have so far been able to stay away from the unsubsidized loans, but it is really hard to live (even minimally) with the limited amount of resources available. Good students also have no extra benefits in financial aid. I'm a 4.0 student and I get the exact same help as someone who doesn't really try and is pulling in Cs all the time.
Good Community College – There are some things I would rate A+++. The Student Support Services program for poor students, first time students, and/or students with not history of family going to college is exceptional. I have also had some professors that I believe would be amazing no matter what college or university they may be teaching at. As a matter of fact, I believe that without meeting a few of the professors that I have, that I would not be the person I am today. ACTC has boosted my confidence considerably and I find my self easily excelling and I cannot wait to move on and start the Optometry program I am working so hard towards. They have truly been helping me lay a very solid foundation and I am very grateful for that. The really bad points (and I should emphasize really bad) would be the horribly unhealthy food options in the cafeteria as well as no sort of exercising facility what so ever. The local YMCA does give discounts to students, but it really is just an added expense that sometimes I hope I can afford.
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