Which CUNY community college should I go to?

Hey, I'm a 16 year old kid from New York who's leaving high school early at the end of this school year. I want to get a head start on my career, but I don't feel like I'm ready for a 4-year institution just yet, so the plan is to go to a CUNY community college so that I can pick up a two-year degree and get some gen ed credits under my belt, then transfer to Columbia or NYU when I'm 18. So does anyone have any advice about which community college I should go to and what I should major in to have the best possible chance of successfully transferring into Columbia or NYU? My goal is to one day get a job as an IB analyst, if that helps. Thanks!

Edit: Yeah, on second thought, I probably won't do that. Thank you, WSO, for slapping some sense into me through the internet.

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  • Intern in S&T - Equities
Mar 14, 2021 - 9:33pm

doesn't matter tbh, I know some people who went to BMCC got 4.0 and transferred to a well-known school for IB

Mar 14, 2021 - 10:03pm
nynyny, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Do you know if their high school transcript had an effect on their transfer out of BMCC? I'm asking because, if I were to apply to a top-tier IB school right now, I wouldn't get in with the way my transcript looks. I have a 3.6 with some F's from freshman year and a bunch of W's (not to mention lousy ECs). I know I have the ability though because in the time since I decided to get my shit together I've gotten straight A's and a 1540 on the SAT. Now, If I got a 4.0 at BMCC with extracurriculars, do you think that target schools would still hold my sub-par high school transcript against me despite my SAT and college GPA?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Mar 14, 2021 - 11:08pm

Dear God, don't do this. Nothing wrong with CC, but there's also no pretending that it's anything other than a worst-case scenario.

You know you can self-study AP classes right? You sign up for the exam, study the course yourself during the year, then take the exam. Boom, you get the AP credits, the college-level work you're seeking, and a stamp of approval from College Board.

I can't state enough how horrible of an idea what you're planning on doing is.

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Mar 14, 2021 - 11:17pm
Incoming cfa level 1 charterholder, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Imo this is a bad attitude to have. What's going to happen when you start work and you're given work that you think you're above doing? If you truly feel this way, does this mean that you're acing your current high school classes? If so, I highly recommend you stay in high school, continue acing your classes, ace the SAT, apply to colleges, and take the time to use the internet to learn whatever you want! Not having a high school diploma won't look great, and giving your rationale for leaving high school to future employers because classes were so easy won't be looked upon favorably. Remember, finance is shallow as fuck, and not graduating high school will make you stick out in a terrible way in the world of finance where everyone has a similar back-ground. 

If you find your classes that easy, please take advantage of the free time to read, learn, explore and take on hobbies as much as you can. High school years are really important for your development. Becoming well-rounded, having hobbies + interests in high school will allow you to become more sociable and interesting, which will lead to an easier time to get dates, meet friends, and connect with interviewers. 

Besides, taking college classes in high school is not an advantage. When you pass an AP class, you end up taking a more advanced class in your freshman year of college while everyone else is taking intro classes. Additionally, you miss out on meeting other freshmen  in your cohort because you'll be taking upper level classes while they're taking the introductory ones. Employers don't care about your transcript, but they greatly care about your GPA. No reason to take harder classes in your freshman year instead of acing the gpa booster classes before you start taking the harder classes later on in your college career.  

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  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Gen
Mar 14, 2021 - 11:21pm

Dude wtf. Finish high school. Seriously, don't do this. If you got a 1540 SAT you're a genuinely very smart person with high potential, and you're planning to make a terrible mistake that could seriously negatively impact your life. Not trying to pry into your personal life, but did your parents not tell you this was a terrible plan?

Mar 15, 2021 - 12:17pm
harden4mvp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

An important skill for high achievers is coming to the understanding that other people know better than you. This is the case for you dude. In your high school, you are a top performer with good achievements, but almost everyone on this forum has achieved more simply because we have had time to achieve. That gives us a perspective you do not have. Finish up high school and get into a target. Long-term success cannot be rushed. 

Mar 15, 2021 - 2:33pm
nynyny, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah, I'm aware you guys know more than I do. But if you're saying to finish up high school and get into a target when I'm 18, I'm genuinely curious what would be so horrible if I started college next year at a CC and attended a target when I'm 18 anyway. I think people are saying it's horrible because of the GED, but it's not like I have to put that on my resume or anything. In your own experience, do employers ask you what high school you graduated from? Because I'm assuming they don't care once you're attending college.

Mar 15, 2021 - 2:47pm
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