When I enrolled at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), in Waterbury, Conn., after a four year layoff from high school, I never knew what to expect. I was never a great student in high school, and I wasn’t expecting to turn that around in college. The only thing about that was most of the professor’s care too much about your success, to allow you to fail.
The professors I encountered during my time at NVCC were, for the most part, caring and enthusiastic about their subjects. I had a human geography class, which isn’t the most entertaining subject to begin with. The professor in that class knew the topic and knew it well. He created an atmosphere made for success. If you had trouble with any part of the class, he would meet with you after class to ensure you understood what was discussed. I took classes with the same English professor three times. Had it not been for her encouragement, I might not have found out that I had true talent at writing. Had I not taken her classes, I might still be a business major today.
Something that made the community college experience easier to deal with was the help of the financial aid and admission offices. Aside from the obvious of getting help with filling out paperwork, whenever I went to either office during my time there, it was the same faces behind the glass, and that helped develop an easier working relationship. The employees knew their stuff, and could answer any question you had. In a time where everyone is always on the run, the ease at which they could answer your questions was amazing.
Considering NVCC was a commuter school, there weren’t any housing complexes. All students were welcomed to various events put on at the campus by the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA at NVCC threw many parties to give students a break. Every year, the SGA put on the Club Expo, which highlights every club at the school. They also threw various seasonal socials, Halloween parties & and a holiday dinner for all students who take part in the clubs.
The only problem I would say I had with NVCC was the lack of diversity in the classes. They made it very difficult for students outside of nursing & business to find enough classes each semester to remain full time. They also seem to be bad about canceling classes. Most schools tend to cancel a class a week or so before the semester starts. That’s a great way of doing it. It allows the students to find a class to replace the one which was canceled. However, the experiences I had with NVCC canceling classes were terrible. I’d show up to class on the first day, and a note would be on the door saying the class was canceled. No phone calls ahead of time, no emails. Just a sign on the door. Thanks for caring!
All in all, my time at a community college was a pleasant one. I learned a lot about myself, as well as a lot about working with others. I developed several relationships with teachers that will last for a lifetime. I graduated in May 2010 in with a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.