If it wasn't for Houston Community College, I would be attending college. I was able to pay for all of my tuition, books, bus fare and gas with the need-based grants I received. Their tuition is extremely affordable. The classes are of higher quality than I had expected. I felt like every one of my professors care about me and want me to succeed. I've had professors offer to help with planning my next semester and filling out transfer applications.
The student life is fairly good for a community college. I took free boxing lessons on campus, they offer many other fitness classes as well. I joined the school newspaper staff of the was able to publish my writing. I was even assigned an interview with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad during my first semester working for The Egalitarian! I also enjoined attending other club meetings like the psychology club.
One of my favorite experiences was when my geology professor Dr. Qureshi hosted a World Water Day conference. He brought in U.N. representatives, a Coast Guard Captain, engineers and two U.S. Congressmen to speak to students about the environment and water conservation. Every member of my geology class presented their own research on a particular U.N. conservation goal at the conference, I spoke about population. I helped introduce the speakers and I participated in the interview for HCC Stafford TV's special on the event.
Everyone on campus is really friendly. I've made lots of friends. The only downside is some student have the "it's not Harvard" syndrome and bad-mouth the community college a lot. I ignore them. There are many more students like myself who are excited to simply be going to college and to be transferring to a University soon.
If I would do it over, I would have applied for the Honors College at Central. I wish I would have know about it!