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Columns

Before The Diploma: Two schools down, one more to go

I’m a little amazed how it has already been two years ago this month that I graduated from Batavia High School. Last week, I completed my time at Waubonsee Community College and earned an associate’s degree. If you ask me where the time went, I cannot even think of an answer to give you because I have no clue myself.

In some ways, my time at Waubonsee went by slowly. Thinking back to my first semester of classes at the college seems like forever ago. I can still recall walking into my first class that I ever took in that school. It was a biology class that, out of all the classes I took at Waubonsee, had the most students in it. You can imagine little frightened me, struggling to find a biology classroom, only to find it and discover it had something like 60 students crammed inside. 

I bid farewell to another chapter of my life, but I cannot be happier with the past two years that I attended school at Waubonsee. I recommend this school to anyone who is going to be a transfer student, due to its affordability and what a quality school it is. I loved every professor I had, except for one teacher last year. The professors are caring, hilarious, personally relate to the students, encourage students to ask questions, and do their best to help every student succeed in a class. My favorite teacher who I have ever had in my entire school life was an English teacher at Waubonsee – who is too amazing to put into words. 

The Sugar Grove campus is beautiful and a perfect size, with the buildings laid out close together so you do not have to rush too much between classes. While it is annoying having to walk from one side of the campus to the other to get to a building, I managed to do so without ever being late to class, so it is not too bad. Be aware, though. In the springtime, the campus is filled with geese! They honk and stare you down; they can be quite intimidating creatures. 

While I am happy to leave Waubonsee and move on to my final school as a student, Illinois State University, driving home from Waubonsee for the very last time last week was bittersweet. It got me thinking. This fall, I will no longer have my mom help me study for exams, and she won’t be able to see me in person before I head off to my first class at ISU. I no longer will have to commute 20 minutes each day to get to classes at 9 in the morning. I no longer will have a class with one of my best friends (you know who you are) who I have had at least one class with every school year since I was in the sixth grade. I’m going to miss goofing off in class with her … .

I dedicate this column to any future Waubonsee students. You’ll love it there! If anyone needs any recommendations on classes or professors to take, I can help you out there. For now, so long Waubonsee. It was nice knowing you, my dear friend. 

Denise Cartina is a graduating student from Waubonsee Community College and graduate of Batavia High School. In addition to writing, she enjoys watching sappy romantic comedies, eating peanut butter and keeping elegance alive. Her column runs every other Thursday. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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