College is a symbol of change for many people and comes with a great deal of expectations for one’s experience there. But some of these expectations are also misconceptions about what actually happens in college. From movies to music to word of mouth, the expectations of college have been twisted and morphed into misconstrued pieces of falsehood. Although there are numerous misconceptions, I have only highlighted 7 of the most common ones.
Your Roommate Will Become Your New Best Friend
I have had two different roommates during my college experience ad neither of them are friends of mine. We all just tolerated each other. My first roommate and I were very different people and didn’t get along at all. My second roommate kept completely to herself and I to myself, so we just crossed paths and that’s about it. Yes, some roommates become best friends because they are usually the first person you meet at college, but it is not always the case.
You Will Never Change Majors
Studies have shown that students on average change their majors 2-3 times in their college career. If that’s not enough proof for you, here is some more. I have worked with hundreds of students and the majority of them either have no idea what they want their major to be or are very unsure with the major they’ve chosen. I myself changed my major. It’s ludicrous to think that 18 year olds know what they want to pursue for their career and future. They have barely stepped into adulthood, so of course they don’t know. Changing majors is a big decision, but know it is possible to make a switch.
Professors Don’t Care About You
My dad is a big fan of saying “Professors don’t care” when talking about college with me. Although this is true with some faculty, not all are careless about you as a student. It is hard for professors to get to know the 200 students they see in a week. However, I have met wonderful teachers who have been mentors to me during my college experience that I know that some professors do in fact care.
There Is A Party Every Night
Parties do happen. I can’t deny that fact; but the concept of constant parties is a little outlandish. People study, people watch Netflix, people have kickbacks, and people party. There are a variety of things to do on a Friday night, so don’t expect to party on every one (especially if you want a good GPA).
Your Major Determines Your Future Career
This brings me back to the idea that 18 year olds already have their whole future planned out. Just because you are an engineering major doesn’t mean you have to be (or will end up) an engineer. Having a college degree shows you are educated, you can learn, and have developed many skills (be thankful for all those general education requirements!). You won’t know what is going to happen after graduation on your first day at college.
Greek Life Is The Only Way To Make Friends
Greek life is indeed a good way to meet new people, and many people enjoy being a part of it. But it is definitely not the only way. My school has over 300 clubs and organizations that one can be a part of, so I definitely didn’t have to join a sorority to make friends (I chose Marching Band instead). Also, campuses will have free events for students where you can meet people. Also, going to class and making friends in your major is also and option. Joining a sorority or fraternity is not the only option for making friends, and if it is not right for you, than you have other options.
College Is The Best Four Years Of Your Life
I’ve heard this with high school too. The idea that your “best years” are only going to happen in the four years you’re in higher education is crazy on multiple levels. First, many people are in college for more than four years. Boom, that’s out. Second, college is hard and comes with many ups and downs. I have had really great experiences that have developed who I am while in college. I have also been through hell. I don’t want my best years to be in a short window, I want it to span my whole life. So don’t shut yourself into a box and expect magic and rainbows to happen for four years in college. Expect hard work, debt, heartbreak, stress and chaos in between the times or excitement, fun, new experiences and happiness.
What were the biggest misconceptions you had about college?