Oh college… Studying all night, being in class all day, working when you are not studying, and partying. Sound about right? Well, to the new college student, this may seem like the life they have just enrolled themselves in. However, there are a few misconceptions that college freshman usually believe when entering college:
1) Partying All Night, Every Night.
Yes, part of this is true. There will be people who party a lot. However, these parties are busted 99% of the time. This is a situation where you always want to keep caution.
2) Everybody Does It.
This could not be any more false. Other students will try to convince you that you should do things with them, but if this is something that you are set against doing, stand by your morals. People will respect you more for standing for what you believe in. And trust me, there are a lot of people who do not follow the crowd.
3) Classes Will Be REALLY Hard.
High school teachers like to scare you when they say, “if you think this is hard, wait until you get to college.” Well, they aren’t completely wrong – classes will be harder, but if you actually make an effort and enjoy the class then you will do well.
4) Meeting People Will Be Hard.
If you are going to a school far away from home where you do not know anyone, it can be intimidating to meet new people. However, this is your chance to bust out of your shell! So just get out there, and talk to people!
5) The Professor Will Always Guide You
Most college classes occur in large lecture halls, leaving little time for professors to know all of their students. Professors are also busy and may not always be around outside of class, and they definitely will not spend as much one-on-one time with you like teachers in high school have. Don’t expect them to hold your hand for you to excel or if you miss a class!
You will surely find your own misconceptions when you get to college, but these are a few that you can get past right away! Good luck with school this year and remember to make your own idea of what college life is all about.