my dear friends
If you’re on spring break right now, enjoy. For those of you who are done with spring break and are getting back to the grind (like me)... best of luck. And for anyone who doesn’t operate on a school schedule, perhaps you real adults out there, keep pushing through.
Random, but before I get into my post, you need to check out this video if you haven’t seen it already. I can’t stop laughing and singing along to this absurd new song by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown (and Kendall Jenner?).
Okay, so, let’s get into this shit… let me know if you agree with what I’ve outlined below. In my humble opinion, these are the top ten biggest myths of college:
YOU'LL FACE "THE FRESHMAN 15"
Don’t let yourself be caught unaware, staring down at the scale. Be relatively mindful of what you eat and you’ll be fine.
IT'S DIFFICULT CONNECTING WITH PROFESSORS
Even if you go to a huge university--unlike my 3,000 undergrad population--professors ALWAYS appreciate students reaching out. Act interested, or fake it ‘til you make it.
9:00 AM CLASSES WILL KILL YOU
You did much worse in high school, suck it up. I actually think it’s helpful to schedule one or two early morning classes per week, just to make sure you’re getting your days started.
YOU'LL HAVE THE SAME PASSIONS
What you liked in high school may totally change in college. Allow it, embrace it, and grow from
FINALLY, YOU CAN TAKE THE CLASSES YOU WANT
Depending what track/major you decide to go into, often times you’ll still be taking classes that you really just don’t want to take. And then there’s those pesky general education requirements… SOS, how am I going to get through my science?!
YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING PRACTICAL
My best advice is to follow where your interests take you from taking random classes in the beginning of college. Then, pair it with something more practical perhaps. Don’t miss out on a possible passion just because you’re set on a certain future. I can’t stress this enough.
YOUR COLLEGE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT YOU
Yes, a college or university is a business for the most part, but there will always be faculty, staff and administrators who truly care about a campus’ students. Seek them out and your experience will be better for it.
THE EDUCATION PART IS MOST IMPORTANT
Don’t get me wrong, I live for academics. But, there are so many valuable parts of college that shape who you are, what makes you happy, and what you want out of life. To limit the cause of all that to education alone would be highly inaccurate. Embrace it ALL.
YOU'RE AN ADULT
Don’t worry, you’re not a kid anymore. But, you’re also definitely not an adult. You hit 18 and head off to school only to find that you’re in this weird, in-between phase of adolescence and adulthood. No matter which extreme you’d rather lean towards, enjoy these buffer years.
THESE YEARS ARE "THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE"
The best years of your life are the years where you’re determined to get the most out of them. Unlike what colleges want you to believe, paying exorbitant amounts of money yearly will not hand you blissful years in return. Your experience is in your own hands, so don’t get too entitled.
Other myths deserving honorable mentions
that I've already written about...
You have to study abroad
Living on campus is a MUST
You have to choose a major from the list
Live your own, unique experience in college and don’t apologize to anyone for it... ally