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The Injustice in “Just”: Why I’m Not “Just” a Community College Student

Last updated on September 24, 2019

ElissaColich2written by Elissa Colich, a fall student blogger and Dallas Colleges Online student

Earlier this year at a nonprofit event, I was asked what I did for the organization, and my response was, “Oh no, I’m just a volunteer.” To my surprise, the inquirer leaned in close and sternly, but genuinely, told me to never say I was “just” a volunteer. I took that to heart.

When asked where I go to school, I still find myself saying that I am “just” at a community college. I hear it from many students within the Dallas County Community Colleges, regardless of the fact that we (as well as the public) are aware of the high-quality education that we are receiving.

DCCCD is full of well-educated professors, many with Ph.D.s, and as much as the pictures and stories depict tons of fun in college, there is much more to college than parties, popular sports teams and Greek life.

It is time to stop saying we are “just” community college students who are “just” trying to get good grades in order to transfer to a “real” school.

Remember, there isn’t “just” one successful person to have attended a community college! We are all success stories, and we aren’t “just” any one thing.

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