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Oddball students unite

By Brit Raley
On April 27, 2017

I’m a transfer student and a 22-year-old sophomore.

Almost everyone my age went straight to a four year university, and has graduated or is about to graduate. This can make a girl feel like a failure.

In 2015, I started my college career at Howard College here in San Angelo. I was not fresh out of high school like most of my friends. I was fresh out of two gap years.

Talk about having to do some serious adjusting; I had to learn how to be a student again.

I was at Howard for three semesters, and I loved it. There is not much of a social aspect there, but academically, Howard is fantastic. They have three buildings, small class sizes and great professors who truly care about you.

The professors are probably my favorite part about Howard. They made me feel welcome, they encouraged me and they wanted to see me succeed (and continue to do so). When I go back to Howard, I’m always greeted by the professors, and they ask me how I’m doing in school and in life. They can make a girl feel special.

I transferred here this spring. The classes are bigger, and there are a lot more than three buildings to keep track of.

However, there is a huge social environment here. I have definitely had to come out of my introvert shell. It’s been great so far, but I probably wouldn’t have survived if I hadn’t gone to Howard first.

I have struggled with the fact that I am two years behind in my college career. However, this semester is the worst because if I had gone straight to college, I would be graduating now. But you know what, this doesn’t matter in the real world.

What matters is that college degree, and I’m on track to get mine. Sure, I might get mine with people two years younger than me, but who cares? I’m probably the only person who cares.

I’m pretty sure employers don’t look at the age you graduated, or that you transferred from a community college. They look at the degree, which shouts committed.

So, for those of you who are a 22-year-old sophomore, a transfer student, or not a typical college student, it’s OK! You get a diverse college experience, which, to be honest, will probably help you in the long run.

Let’s do this "oddball" students!

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