Hudson Valley Community College, a part of the State University of New York system, is a sprawling campus just within the city limits of Troy, NY. Established in 1953 as the Troy Technical Institute and later as Hudson Valley Technical Institute, Hudson Valley Community College became one of the largest community colleges in the State of New York System. Currently, it has over 13,000 students, 70 majors, over 30 clubs and associatons, college sport teams and intramural athletics (Wikipedia, 2011).
Instructors. I really enjoyed my instructors. If you are attending a community college then your teachers should have both academic and practical experience. I was fortunate that my instructors had both and that they believed in challenging their students. I remember I had taken a course in English Composition 1 and I thought that my teacher was being tough on me. I approached him on it. He told me that he thought that there was something special about my writing and that with his critiquing could take me to the next level. I was impressed that he had taken that type of interest in me. He wasn’t the only one—my instructors in the Schools of Business and Liberal Arts were the same. I learned to take toughness by an instructor as a challenge for me to work harder to reap the academic benefits. They were more than just instructors but they were actually my partners in learning.
Activities. Activities do a number of things at a community college. They allow you to investigate certain interests, possibly grow along a certain academic or occupational path, get to know your strengths and interests as well as meeting a diverse group of classmates and friends. When I was a student there, I liked the fact that there was always something going on whether it was a film, discussion or performance. I particularly enjoyed the Hudsonian (college newspaper), the Literary Club and sharing my knowledge as a tutor.
Classes. When I attended at Hudson Valley Community College, I never experienced a shut out class. If you needed to take a particular course an instructor would usually work with you to get you in. You just had to be persistent and confident. The adage “you get out what you put into it” definitely applies to Hudson Valley Community College. It may be a community college but do not expect an easy ride.
A few weeks ago, I was driving by my old alma mater Hudson Valley Community College on my way to a basketball game. As I passed the campus, I took a one second look at the campus from my car and it stirred up memories. Memories of my first collegiate experiences: navigating the bus system as a commuter student, classes, activities and more importantly experimenting with my potential and growth as a human being. Reflecting back, isn’t that what a community college is for—preparing you for the next academic, career or life steps. It certainly helped position me in the right direction and lived up to its nickname “Harvard On The Hudson”.
Wikipedia .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Valley_Community_College. Referenced January 31, 2011.