Finding good community colleges in Arizona can be quite a challenge. When I first started taking courses working towards my Associates from Arizona community colleges, I was quite disappointed. At all of the Arizona community colleges that I tried, it was like the professors were not even there. Neither were the students for that matter. Everyone in my Arizona community colleges courses just seemed to remind me of lazy jellyfish in the sea, just drifting along, only studying enough to pass the test with a medium grade, and go on to the next class. They were extreme slackers.
I can not figure out for the life of me what any of these people were planning to do at all. Did they think that this attitude that let them just drift by in Arizona community colleges would lead them to succeed in Arizona universities? And if they were not even planning on going on to a 4 year undergraduate program, why would they enroll in their Arizona community college courses at all? Someone would only do that when he or she they wanted to enjoy the class and really put some efforts into it.
My experience with Arizona community colleges was so terrible that for a while, I took online college programs. I sort of felt bad for myself for dropping my classes in Arizona community colleges, but I did not see any other alternatives. I did not want to hang around with bad students who did not really even want to be in the community college classes that they were taking.
With the online college courses, at least I could study by myself and not worry about the other people annoying me all of the time. It is hard to understand how much bad students in Arizona community colleges can really put their toll on you if you are compelled to spend hours with them every single week. I know this might sound snobbish, but it is really true, no joke.
Once I started taking my online degree programs, though, things started picking up almost right away. It was so exciting and relieving to think that I could earn a degree without even setting foot in any of those traumatizing Arizona community colleges again, that I just got completely psyched up for it. Although I think that it still might be better to work in person with a teacher, online degree programs have the great advantage. They let you work for your own degree on your own time and schedule, at your own pace. And that is not something that you should take lightly.