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SOUTHSIDE & SPENCER HILL

CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPENCER HILL
42.1175ºN 77.0723ºW

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With the option to finish their last year of high school at Corning Community College through the Accelerated Senior Year program, members of the senior class get a jump start on their college education
REPORTING BY NICHOLAS JUBILEE

Campus Stroll

At Corning Community College, seniors Emilia Driscoll, Amanda Flick, Kenneth Kittleson, Jada Stowe and Natalie Powers walk alongside The Commons. “I absolutely love being in college because the schedule is a lot more flexible,” senior Alexia Pratt said. “You have a lot more decisions to make based on what you want to pick classes-wise, and you have a lot of freedom, which is something I struggled with a lot in high school.” photo by Lauren Thomas

     With one year left in her high school career, senior Amanda Flick had to decide between the BOCES New Visions Medical program and attending Corning Community College.“I decided that I wanted to go to CCC about halfway through my junior year,” Flick said. “When I was originally considering it, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do it because I’d no longer be a high school student, I’d be an actual college student along with other college students. I just weighed the pros and cons and decided that completing my senior year at CCC would just get me where I wanted to be.”

     For senior Colin Conneely, he felt the biggest change from high school to college was in the social scene. “The biggest difference is who I talk to up there because a lot of the time, it’ll be in like my gym class that I talk to someone, and then in my English class nobody really talks. Everyone just sits there and takes their notes, and the teacher lectures the whole hour and that’s about it,” Conneely said. “Everytime I go up there, there’s maybe like four or five people that I know by name, but there is hardly anyone up there that I actually talk to or know. Most of my friends are down at the high school, so I don’t see them as much because I don’t have classes with them.” 

    Teaching styles varied between professors at CCC and teachers at C-PP HS, which affected the students’ learning. “It’s more important in college classes for students to put in effort to read the textbook and do their part. Another example is that in my calculus classes, the professor just gives us formulas to memorize. He goes through every single proof of the formulas to show where they come from,” senior Danielle Cohen said.

“This is really important because it’s nearly impossible to memorize all of the formulas, but if you have the logic to back it up, you are able to recall them or mathematically find them. Professors don’t hand everything to you, you have to put in the effort yourself, but they do have your best interest in mind.”

     With her future goals in sight, Cohen knew going to CCC would give her more opportunity, and give her the chance to do her best. “Taking my classes at CCC for senior year just made more sense for me. Because of the colleges that I was applying to and the major I have chosen, the International Baccalaureate courses that I would have been taking would not have transferred,” Cohen said. “I wanted to set myself up to be as successful as possible when I go to college, and CCC seemed to offer the best option. I would get an experience with college schedules, college courses and professors before I went away. Being halfway through the year, I can also say that the IB courses don’t prepare you as much for college as they are advertised to.”

     “I think it’s kind of like a stepping stone to real college. I still have the help of the guidance counselors down here and the advisors at the college. It’s preparing me for college, but I still live at home, and I can still see all of my friends, and I still have help,” Conneely said. “But when I go to college next year most of that is kind of gone. I’ll still be living with family, but I won’t have any of my friends. So it’s like I’m separated and living two lives between the high school and the college.” 

The Commons, one of the many facilities at Corning Community College, offers a place for people to study, eat and meet with their advisors. In addition to The Commons, CCC also includes Perry Hall. Perry Hall is an 85,000-square-foot, three-story dormitory building that can house more than 300 students in 84 suites to provide students an on-campus living experience.

Double Time
In IB SL Math Studies, senior Skylar Treadwell completes a worksheet. “I do a half day at CCC and half day at the high school because some of my friends in the grade above me told me it was a great way to get a headstart on college,” Treadwell said. “I’ve had a really positive experience at the college, but I am glad I kept half of my day here because all of my friends are here and I enjoy the senior experience here as well.” photo by Ethan Banks