4 College Myths BUSTED!

We’ve all heard them before, the college myths and tales that often make us fear taking that next big step towards becoming a college student.

However, like any other myth, take what you hear with a grain of salt. While some myths may be true to an extent, others are completely false.

Here are some of the most common college myths, busted!

  • “You must know what you want to study right away.” FALSE

Some people tend to hesitate about going to college right away, because they are unsure of what to study. However, many students enter college their freshman year being undecided on a major; it’s completely normal.

One of the positive things about being undecided on a major is that it gives you time to complete pre-requisite courses. The majority of universities require students to take a set of general education courses before they can graduate.

While some student’s see this as a downside to higher education, these prerequisite courses allow you to explore a wide array of subjects and may lead you into one you enjoy.

“Take a full workload of classes.” FALSE

Taking a larger number of classes than what is required of you does not make you any smarter than the next student. It may actually affect your ability to work to your full potential, which may then affect your grade.

Try to find the right amount of classes that will still allow you to enjoy your college experience and focus on each subject. You may find that as you get closer to graduation, some classes will require much more time and effort than others. During this time, it is understandable if you decide to take three classes instead of four.

Note: To be considered a full-time student, your university will require you to take a specific amount of credits. Try not to go below this required amount or else you may find that you are no longer eligible for financial aid.

  • “GPA means everything.” FALSE

While your grade-point-average is still very important, there are other things employers want to see on your resume too.

Extracurricular activities show your ability to work well with others, multi-task and show your effective leadership skills. Doing community service throughout your time in college is also an important factor.

However, still take into consideration that your GPA may be a deciding factor in whether you will be admitted to a specific program or graduate school.

  • “Everyone gains the ‘freshman 15’.” FALSE

The ‘freshman 15’, another name for the weight gain students experience during their freshman year, is one of the most well-known college myths.

While in some cases this myth may be true, it doesn’t mean that it happens to everyone.

Students who experience an increased amount of stress, eat poorly and participate in social drinking are more likely to experience weight gain during their first year away.

However, a healthy diet, proper amount of sleep and routine exercise can all help to keep the pounds off.

If you are questioning an academic myth you have heard, talk to an advisor at your university. Keep in mind that all schools are different. While one thing may be true for one university, it may be completely different for another.

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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