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Life at Diablo Valley College – Taking the Road Less Traveled from Dublin High School

Dec 21, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–Choosing to go to a community college after graduation is quite the taboo risk in Dublin. Articles in this ‘Life In College’ section cover students that go to amazing four year schools, and here I am writing about my life at Diablo Valley College. Don’t be deceived; I graduated with all A’s and one B, I did very well on my SAT’s, and I currently am in an internship program with a fashion journalism company. So, why DVC? No doubt that I had the grades and SAT score to get into a four year college, but I had to look at the bigger picture.

As graduation was soon approaching, many of my friends had asked me where I had applied to. Their faces said enough when I nonchalantly said, “DVC.” I felt like in that moment they thought slightly lower of me. They didn’t think I was dumb; they just thought my decision was where the dumb people go. This is a common misconception of many Dublin High School students. Students joke about their bad test scores and say, “Well, I guess I’m going to Las Po!” At a school like Dublin High, the best is what anyone strives for. It’s not outwardly said that every graduate must go to a highly accredited four year, but it is heavily implied within the student body. The student body has this belief that if one does not get into a decent college, their future is completely done with. I’m writing this article to prove, with my case, that it is in fact a misconception. 

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