Why CEGEP Is the Right Choice

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Alycia Poirier

Welcome back, or if you are new like me, welcome freshmen! Reading the title of this article you might think how could I have possibly made the right choice? I get it. You have doubts, which is completely normal. I’m sure a lot of people around you have feelings of regret or concern about their choice as well. It is not something you are going through alone!
Need reassurance? In this article I will be giving you three reasons why you should persevere in this time of uncertainty.
Disclaimer: I am aware that college is not for everybody. I am not, in any way, saying you should stick with this if you feel discontent.

  1. A Chance to Explore.
    This is one of the many reasons CEGEP was invented in the first place. It’s a great transition from high school to university. You’ll have time to explore your interests. CEGEP can show you that you can have many different strengths as well as weaknesses, which is just as important. When you know what you excel at it will only become easier to point yourself in the right direction for your career. Overall, you will learn more about yourself and what appeals to you.
  2. The Opportunities.
    This is not to say that if you don’t attend CEGEP you won’t have any opportunities. On the contrary, just because you attend doesn’t mean you will receive immediate success either. It is a gamble, like most of life. Not to mention that if you are looking to keep your options open concerning jobs, there will be more open to you if you have a DEC. Some employers require it so if you don’t know where you are headed, this will just open that many more doors.
  3. The Workload.
    Yes it’s dreadful, it’s also very aggravating. On the bright side? It will better prepare you for future jobs and force you to learn to manage your time. As a result, you will be more efficient, hardworking and skilled.
    Before you write your CEGEP experience off as being a negative one, give it a chance. It might turn around for you, it might not, but take into consideration that we are only in our third week, so give it time. And if all this still doesn’t motivate you, keep in mind there’s only 12 weeks left until our marvelous Christmas break.

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 07 on December 4th, 2019