5 Myths about College
The school year is half over and high school seniors are beginning to look forward to graduation, a
summer of freedom and they are starting to fill out college applications. College freshmen, on the other
hand are likely recovering from their first round of finals and the reality of college life is beginning to
Movies, the media, older siblings, and urban myth have, throughout the years perpetuated a variety of
myths surrounding the college lifestyle. Additionally, changing cultural trends have shifted the
traditional college experience to include some things that simply didn’t exist even 10 years ago. Below
are 5 common myths and the truth behind them.
The “Freshman 15”
This myth may have held more truth a couple of decades ago when high fat, carb loaded, super
processed foods were the main dish on every dining plan. These days the emphasis on healthy,
nutritious food means that even your dining plan has the variety that you need to eat right. Many
schools also provide gym discounts or give students free access to exercise equipment and facilities.
Greek Life = Party Life
This myth has been made infamous by the movies and media. Images of togas
and bottle blonde soon-to-be Stepford Wives dance through our heads when we
think about fraternities and sororities. While the frat life may not be entirely
untrue, the constant party is definitely a myth. Most Greek houses are founded
and run on principles like academics, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and
Don’t Go Undeclared!
Many first year students feel pressure to declare a major and figure out what to do with their life. The
thing is, most students have not even discovered the thing that they will want to spend the rest of their
life pursuing. Instead of declaring a major immediately, get your core classes out of the way and explore
your options as you go. This way you won’t lose credits by changing majors, and you’ll be much more
confident in your choice and more likely to stick with it.
Good grades mean non-stop studying and no social life.
This is one of the biggest and most overwhelming myths out there. College is
hard because you are learning to manage your own life for the first time, but
with a little time management, consistency, and dedication, you can get
good grades, minimize study time, and enjoy a full social calendar. Creating
dedicated time and space for studying every day allows you to prepare for
tests instead of cram and pace yourself without being overwhelmed.
“I have to do this on my own” or “Mom & Dad can bail me out if I need it.”
Neither one of these should be the standard method of operation for any college student. While mom
and dad are a helpful safety net, college is and should be about you learning what it means to be an
independent adult. That being said, you don’t have to do it all on your own. Seek out professors,
advisors, and students who can mentor you both academically and personally and build a network of
people on whom you can rely and place your trust.
These are not the only myths about college that exist, though they may be among the most common.
Whether you’re pursuing a business administration degree, a degree in dance, or you are just starting
and have no idea what you want to do, understanding these myths can give you a huge advantage as
you pursue a college degree.
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