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I liked how classrooms were fairly small so you could facilitate a better connection with your professor and be able to receive more support than you probably were to get in a 4-year university. They are more willing to work with you and many professors are just looking to help you unlock your maximum potential. It is a very calm environment.
I didn’t like the social aspect of it, while many people are obviously looking to seek their education I wish the environment welcomed more conversation and formation of new friendships. Instead, many keep to themselves and there aren’t many opportunities to make friends, especially in the COVID era.
I like the variety of courses offered and the resources available to all students, e.g., tutors, advisors, counseling, etc.
I didn't like the cafeteria that much, because there was only one person cooking and attending the cashier, and that same person is unhygienic. She wore gloves to cook but kept them on when using the cash register and when I gave her my card, which became oily with the grease of the gloves.
Valencia College is a great option if you want to save money on education.
There is little to no social life and dining is limited.
Valencia is a great place to start for anyone looking to go to college. Whether it's to eventually transfer to a 4 your program or just to get the associate's degree you need, Valencia offers quality classes and adequate experience for whatever your major in my opinion, although, I can't completely speak for other majors than my own, I have heard well from others and that is my impression based on the academic courses (gen-eds) that I am required to take like everyone. I am a music major, and for what I want to do, it is in my best interest to go on to a four-year college to get a bit of higher experience and education for what the colleges I'm interested in have to offer. But this is not to downplay the quality of what Valencia has to offer in their music classes or their other classes. What I like about Valencia is the quality for its cheap price. I don't feel like I'm getting a cheap education for the price, and I think they make it affordable for people. Most courses have many options when it comes to who your teacher is and the format for your classes. Such as online, mix-mode, and in-person classes. And, by often have many options for your teacher, you can accommodate your needs by selecting someone who is a good fit for you. Overall, I have had a very flexible experience when it comes to scheduling my classes around my job and life in general. I've also had a great experience with my guidance counselors and people in charge of the music department. They are great at providing different types of resources based on your needs. For example, I expressed my need for scholarship money, and my guidance counselor provided me with Valencia's list of scholarship databases, such as bold.org and others. Before that, I felt like I just didn't know where to look. Another example, even though I knew what I wanted to do, I wasn't sure how to navigate figuring out the exact type of degree that would work for me. They have been very helpful to talk about my goals and helping navigate me in possible directions for me to go. Overall my experience has been great, and despite college's unavoidable challenges, I feel like starting at Valencia has helped put me on the right path.
The only negative I can speak of was one science class I had to take, and it was bad solely because of that one teacher, not the college. I took the class again in the summer and it was great. This is where having multiple options for your teacher is great. My options aren't limited overall, (and we have 'rate my professor' to thank for reviewing our teachers before choosing them). I think like any college experience it can be difficult to know where to start and navigate information. It's hard to navigate Valencia's website, I usually have to look things up individually on google instead of sorting through the Valencia website itself. My suggestion for that is to talk to your guidance counselor, they are very good at providing the resources to put you in the right direction.
I love the fact that they have multiple campuses in my area. Parking is very easy at all their facilities and free. The professors have been great so far.
The courses needed are not always offered at all the campuses making it necessary to go to multiple campuses in one day.
Coming to Valencia College as an international student was extremely stressful for me. I was new, didn't know what to expect from college life, and had spent almost all of my high school years in a French system. However, as I arrived, I discovered that the staff was extremely caring, and there are numerous activities available. As an Honors student, I am able to attend a variety of events, ranging from basketball games to other extracurricular activities.
Unfortunately, my time at Valencia College coincided with the epidemic, so I did not fully enjoy the traditional college campus lifestyle, but as far as I could tell, there was nothing I didn't like.