this is the route i went, except for I did one year of CC. My grades in high school were never great, but once I got to CC i started to understand the benefits of learning and being engaged in the classroom. I also found a few subjects that I am really interested in, and actually enjoy studying. Due to this combo, I got a 3.8 at the CC. I am now at a 4 year in state university; my grades are still great, and I am still motivated in the classroom. I know that if I wouldn't have gone to CC for that first year, I would have gone to some lowly party school (Central Michigan University) like all my friends, would have done shitty in my freshman year classes because i wouldn't have found my focus, and I would probably be back at CC this year due to the fact that I probably would have failed out of CMU my freshman year. This is pure speculation, but all in all, I am very happy that I went to CC before the four year university.
Also, "Men, I can understand if they want to go to school longer to get a better education to work on stuff they like to do." hahahahaha that is a great