Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Common College Misconceptions

Now that the semester is in full swing, I feel as though this is a good time to address common college misconceptions. Whether you're currently a college student or will be applying to colleges in the near future, these are some typical stereotypes surrounding the college experience that need to be abolished. Most importantly, remember that college is an experience entirely of your own.

1. "All college students eat is ramen." 

I've been a college student for quite some time now, and I can honestly say that I have never eaten ramen once. If ramen is something you enjoy eating, go right ahead and indulge in it. Personally, I do not enjoy it or most junk foods in general, and I have never had a reason to eat ramen. Not all college students are broke, and if you take advantage of the different options your dining hall offers, you will be just fine. If you are concerned about spending too much money on food, setting a budget for yourself per week or getting a job on campus can provide extra support to avoid having to purchase cheap, unhealthy foods.

2. "I have to join greek life to make friends."

While greek life is a great way to network and meet new people, it is not the only way to do this. If greek life is not something that interests you personally, do not feel obligated to join it. If you are on the fence about joining, you can always give it a try and see how it turns out. You may be pleasantly surprised, many college students consider greek life to be a positive impact on their lives.

3. "I'm going to be up all night doing homework."

This is a tricky one. Although I have a rigorous course load this semester, it is all about using free time correctly. If assignments are completed early and spaced out during the week, there is a less chance for an all-nighter to occur. Plus, completing all of your work in one night will most likely not give you the best results. Not only will you be extremely tired, but your work will reflect your lack of effort if you are simply rushing to complete it.

4. "I have to go to parties every weekend."

No, no you do not. If you are someone who enjoys partying on the weekends, go right ahead and have the time of your life. If you are more introverted and prefer to spend your time differently, feel free to do this instead. The people who truly value you will never judge you based on how you choose to spend your time.

5. "I'm going to gain the freshman 15."
First of all, keep in mind that it is okay to gain weight. You are in a new surrounding and have many more food options at your fingertips that you may want to experience. Just because you are in college and surrounded by new food options though, this does not mean you have to eat unhealthy and gain weight. Everything is good in moderation, and although I am not someone who enjoys unhealthy food, it is still possible to indulge every so often. As long as you eat a well-balanced diet and exercise a few times a week, you will be fine and stay healthy.

6. "People wear athletic clothes to every class."
Although athletic clothes are common during morning classes, the majority of people in my classes dress rather nicely. My school has a strong fashion program, and the students involved in it always dress to impress so this may be the reason. Dressing up for classes makes a great first impression.

7. "If I major in art, history etc. I won't make any money." 
This is one stereotype that I've love to see abolished. While it is true that some majors will make more than others, do not let this discourage you or dictate your choices. If you want to major in studio art or American History, persist and study what you love. At the end of the day, if you are studying something you love, then you are making the right choice for you.

8. "I have to be close with my roommate."
This is another uncommon occurrence. Fortunately, I had the best freshman year roommate and we are still incredibly close but this does not work for everyone and that is okay. As long as you give it your best shot and can make it work for the year, it is completely normal if and your roommate go your separate ways. Each year you will grow and change and not everyone grows with you.

9. "I'm not going to miss home."
This is a lie. I love my home and I love seeing my family every chance that I get. Whether you are a home-body or not, you will eventually miss your childhood home. Give your parents a break and call them every once in a while.

10. "The gym is only for athletes." 
When I was a freshman, I was extremely intimidated to use the gym. Even though I am a runner and enjoy working out, I felt as though the gym was meant for people on the athletic teams. This is completely untrue, while the athletes do practice in the gym frequently, so do plenty of regular students. If you are on the fence about going, just go. I go everyday now and do not think twice about judgements while I am there.


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