I am now at a community college trying to save up enough to transfer. Since being at a CC, my confidence, motivation, etc. have shot down.
This is smart, not a demotivational issue.
CC confers the same degrees after you transfer to a 4 year school, but at 1/2 the cost, the % completing their degree from CC's transferring to the 4 year school is extremely high. 4 years schools: you are often taught by TA's for the 1st 1-2 years anyway, CC, you get the professor directly and in much smaller class sizes.
CC are WELL worth the $. Grading on a curve? Better to be in the CC.
I got competitive as far as test and studying, my social life and study life were pretty close. I did not need to study a long time, I learned to study smart and time efficient.
You will need those A's to get fellowships and grants for Grad school later on.
Believe me, you will want those options later. Once you get those, then, as long as you keep that GPA at 3.0 or high, you are good.
Deadlines produce work for most people, self motivation? Well why are you in College to begin with?
you have the motivation to enroll and go every day....may as well do well and I'll tell this much, a bad day as school is better than good day at the factory.
Been there, done this.
Good points though mjbn.
Study groups and finding those will similar goals to study and hang out with is wise. And Grad school is even more isolating and motivation is required in huge amounts.
Pay off? Good $, few people with such degrees and skills.
I was a bad student for a long time. So I know what many are going through here. Brains has nothing to do wit it, it's work, you do the work, you get the grade.
And being is college is not that bad really..........