Community College to Harvard: Rethinking College Admissions | Josh Lafazan | TEDxYouth@Shadyside

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In 2012, I chose the unconventional route for most high school graduating seniors and enrolled in community college. What ensued was ridicule from family and friends that only “subpar” students enroll in community college. In fact, my best friends told me that I was “pursuing the worst life plan ever.” Flash forward to 2016, where I’m a current student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell. The kicker? I did this all while saving $100,000 over my first two years of college. More importantly, community college allowed me to stay home, earn money, and clarify my life goals. Whenever we choose a courageous path – to take a road less traveled – we subject ourselves to what seems like unrelenting criticism and ridicule. While facing the ever rising cost of college all high schoolers should have the courage to be different, and give community college a second look.

Joshua Lafazan became one of the youngest elected officials in the history of New York State when at 18 years of age he was elected to the Syosset School Board of Education, receiving 82% of the vote in May of 2012. Joshua was re-elected in 2015. He is the author of „Political Gladiators: How Millennials Can Navigate the 21st Century Political Minefield and WIN!“ In 2016, Joshua graduated with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from the Cornell University ILR School. Joshua is currently enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has been accepted to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management.

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