7 Myths about College


College is weird. It really is. There's plenty of information out there for prospective students. There's also a lot of rumors about university that simply aren't true. You're going to hear a lot from parents and teachers about college life but here's a few myths I rounded up:

You can succeed without studying

This may have worked in high school, but it's not going to cut it in college. You're going to have to put more time into academics once you begin taking college classes. There isn't always homework or busywork that will be checked, but the overall workload increases immensely between high school and college. You'll also find that you can study all night and still not get an A.

Everyone has the same college experience

There will be people with the same major as you, and people in the same organizations as you. This does not mean you are having the same college experience. Everyone will have a unique time in college. If you want to broaden your college background, try joining clubs that don't pertain to your major. Branch out and make a variety of friends so you don't get stuck in a rut.

You need to know your major as a freshman

I went into my freshman orientation and first semester with my major declared. However, that's not common. I know plenty of people that finished an entire year of school without choosing a major. You can take general education classes to figure it all out. It's also very common to change your major several times. It's easier to stay on track if you change your major early, though, so you don't have to go back and take new prerequisites. 

The FAFSA will provide you with a lot of aid

I don't know how widely believed this is, but don't expect too much from the FAFSA. Instead, explore your options for earning scholarships from your university based on grades and ACT score. Apply for any other scholarships that you can. Look beyond your college as well, and find other resources for scholarships.

You don't have to go to all of your classes

I mean, technically this is true. Most of your professors aren't going to take attendance. It doesn't hurt them if you miss class. Other professors will give attendance points or take away points for classes you don't attend. Some will offer extra credit for a certain attendance rate. Read your syllabus for this information. However, even if attendance isn't mandatory, you should still go to class. You're missing valuable information and wasting money each time you skip.

College is one big party

When you move into your freshman dorm, you automatically have a lot of new freedom. With freedom comes a huge responsibility. You can do literally whatever you want with your time, but academics should always be your first priority. Spend the occasional Friday or Saturday night in studying or just spending time with friends. Sometimes the quiet nights are the most memorable.

The Freshman 15

Okay so this one might be the most true. You can avoid it though! Use the resources your campus has, like a recreation center, and exercise regularly. Also, just because the dining hall has dessert options, it doesn't mean you need a cookie with every meal. 

You're going to hear a lot of misguided and outdated information about college while you're still in high school. While I can't say what every university is like, I do speak from very recent experience. If you really want to know what college is like, reach out to older students at the school you are going to attend. I promise they're not scary and they'll be excited to tell you about the college! Check out my other college related blog posts here.

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4 comments:

  1. I loved this post! All of these were so spot on, I'll be a junior in the fall and can speak first hand to not getting stuck in a rut when it comes to a friend "group"! I think it's great when you branch our and meet people from all different kinds of backgrounds! Great job girly!

    Always, Gabby
    theswirlblog.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it!

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  2. So true! You can't count on Fafsa alone i learned that the hard way.

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  3. Absolutely, I'm happy you enjoyed the post!

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