Is Daytona State College not cool?

I see that Lisa Hill published this blog post yesterday: Daytona Beach Now Has a State College!. It’s a sales pitch for real estate; apparently having a “state college” in the town is great for property values. I like her enthusiasm. “Daytona Beach has a state college! This should be a big draw for students from all over the country.” Umm, it’s the same college as before. It hasn’t changed a bit, really. They just changed the name. I could change this blog to “The Daytona State College Chronicles” and it wouldn’t make one difference because it would be the same stuff.

But enough of that. This is the paragraph that hit home for me:

My own daughter obtained one of Florida’s Bright Future’s Scholarships and will be starting her college of choice next week. (Apparently, attending college in the same county where you were born and raised is not cool.)

I got the same thing from a lot of people before joining the college. “When will you be moving off to college?” “I’m not, I’m going to DBCC and staying with my parents.” “You baby!”

Even if your moving out of the house, if you’re staying in the same area to go to college, a lot of people think it’s “not cool.” Like you have to prove something to the world by moving away and spending lots of money on an apartment / dorm room and being around strangers and being away from your family / girlfriend / boyfriend. Let me tell you now, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone. It makes no difference if you go to Daytona State or Harvard. You think it does, and other people think it does, but it actually means nothing. It only means something if it means something to you, but if it does you’re on the wrong path because this stuff shouldn’t matter to you to start with. There are more important things in life, like finding your purpose, making money by independently doing what you love, motivation, intellect, and more, none of which you’ll learn in college. In fact you’ll be worse off because you’ll be using your college education as a crutch. Don’t do that.

I know that most of my Daytona State colleagues are a smart bunch. They don’t fall for the stigma of going to a local college or the stigma of a community college (err, maybe a little). They don’t care about coolness. They’re above coolness. I hope I am too, but when pressured to answer, I say that DSC is undoubtedly cool. Any college that has a room with 150 computers has got to be cool (building 500, the “Advanced Technology Center” student computer lab). But the classes are fascinating too. We’ve got QUANTA, which is the coolest thing ever.

Daytona State is as good as every other college, even the bigger ones. I believe that college is not valuable; I’m just going their for the prestige. 😀 There’s a great community at the college, everyone is friendly, and the administrators only revoke scholarships occasionally. The BrightFutures program really is great; it pays for all my tuition and half of my books. You can’t get that at a “cool” college.

Do you think the college is cool? Is attending a local college in general uncool? Are community colleges cool? Does coolness even matter? Let me know in the comments section. I spent the last day reprogramming the comments system, and it’s looking fantastic now, if I do say so myself. If I get a few interesting comments I’ll feature them in an upcoming blog post.

2008-08-24 Update:: Read Lisa’s follow-up, The “Cool” College in Daytona Beach vs “un-cool” colleges. My reply:

I wasn’t thinking of the gradual evolution of the college, but you’re right, it has gotten a lot grander over the years, and is much more worthy of the “state” title now. The dual-enrollment thing is great, particularly for being free. I thought about using it but didn’t because I was far enough ahead in high school and had the BrightFutures scholarship coming.

10 thoughts on “Is Daytona State College not cool?

  1. Regarding your question if college is cool: I think college (and education in general) is cool! And, valuable to some. I never went to college, myself, but I think the learning structure/discipline would have proven more valuable to me than learning things on an “as you go” basis. On a website where many students sell used textbooks, most of the coding/programming was done on the fly (i.e. don’t know how to do something, look it up in a programming textbook, etc.). This process took a lot of time, and, in my opinion learning all of this in a college course might have saved time. The point is, the discipline, structure, and teaching one gets in college is sometimes better than learning it all on your own. Your school sounds awesome, and you sound like a smart person!

  2. Kind of off topic but does daytona college have dorms??and is daytona good place to move to coming out of highschool

  3. We live in Sarasota and next fall my daughter is going to attend Daytona State for the Photography program. This program is supposed to excellent…. better than Ringling College of Art and Design, which is 5 minutes from my home.When she completes her Associates in Photography, she can then earn her Bachelor’s in Photo at UCF. They only teach the last 2 years at UCF, so one has to get the Associates somewhere else. My only concern is where she is going to live. She is happy that there are no dorms because, she “doesn’t want to live with people partying and bringing random people home to sleep with and even possibly stealing her stuff.” I understand that, but I am not sure how to proceed with her living arrangement.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • That’s about 180 miles away… she’s definitely going to have to move up here. Does she have any family or friends she can stay with? If not, maybe she can find a place to rent within walking distance of the campus (she wouldn’t need a car then). But that may be $700 a month.

      I took a photography course at the college; I’d prefer to do photography on my own. I suppose a degree could open career opportunities, but then half of photographers are self-employed anyway, so they don’t need a degree in it to start with.

      Good luck to your daughter!

      • so im planning on moving to FL and i want to go to DSCC but i live in new york city and i want to live on dorms… a question is the dorms good? like i have no one esle down thier so i would have no choice…

  4. I must say, I completely agree to the section of the above post that says “Like you have to prove something to the world by moving away and spending lots of money on an apartment / dorm room and being around strangers and being away from your family / girlfriend / boyfriend.”
    I consider it completely impractical to go to a college out of state where every bit of housing around that college has jacked up prices because college students need them. I get great grades, I get everything paid for through the financial aid because I am a FLORIDA RESIDENT, and I am a mother to a one year old. Yeah, imagine me at some other college trying to make that fly on my own, LOL.
    I initially looked schools that carried a little more prestige for their Music production curriculums, and the prices just didn’t even make since. Through a link on (the funnest way to get news, i might add), I found that going to an overly priced college and piling on loans for it was one of the top ten reasons Americans are in debt.
    As for the switch to being a state college: personally, this means squat to me, considering all of my experiences at this college have not changed simply because it has a new title. Oh, except that I had to resubmit paper work because of the vast administration changes (supposedly).
    I don’t know, just a practical look at things. Good luck this semester, all!

    • Hey, sorry for the delay replying to this. My semester is going well, though I won’t be getting all A’s like last year (lots of hard courses).

      I agree; especially as the economy worsens as more fiat dollars are created, it will become increasingly impractical for parents to support their children far away at expensive colleges.

      Stetson University (DeLand) has a prestigious music program, but they’re a very expensive private college.

      I haven’t seen any great changes along with the name change either; it’s the same place it was as DBCC. There are still signs on lamp posts with the address which doesn’t even work anymore. So the only difference with the name change is mass confusion. 😎

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