4 Lies Everyone Believes About College

Before going to college, everyone forms an idea of what the experience will be like.

There are visions of parties and all-night study sessions, and there’s usually a professor who is unbearably mean, but ends up being an amazing educator who changes the lives of his students.

Basically, the plot of every college movie ever made.

However, college in real life often fails to live up to what the movies portray, (a movie getting it wrong? Shocker! I know).

There are a few misconceptions everyone seems to have about college and they need to be put to rest.

  • It’s one huge party

At least this has some truth to it. Yes, there are several parties a week, and technically you could attend all of them and achieve the “all party, all day” thing, but the reality is that you won’t have time.

If you care about your grades, you’ll most likely have to study and do homework several nights a week, so the party will have to stop eventually.

  • Your professors don’t care about you 

I was totally convinced of this when I started college, and was quickly proven wrong. Of course, there will be some professors who barely acknowledge you, especially if you’re in a class of 200 students, but not all are like that.

College professors won’t baby you the way a high school teacher does, but they’re always willing to help. If you truly don’t understand something or you want their advice on an assignment, they’re available during their office hours to answer questions.

It might be more of a challenge in a bigger class, but no normal professor will completely ignore you and refuse to help if they see you’re making an effort.

  • All-nighters are the norm 

Truth time: The reason so many students pull all-nighters is because they don’t study during the semester and they cram right before the test; it’s really that simple.

There might be times during finals week when you’ll have four papers due at once and three tests to study for, but generally speaking, being organized and not procrastinating will guarantee that your all-night sessions are majorly cut down.

  • Class is optional 

I heard this constantly when I first started college and it never made sense.

Professors cover so much material in one class, how could I just miss multiple classes and expect to be ok? I couldn’t and neither can you.

Just because a professor doesn’t take attendance, it doesn’t mean you can skip class. Expecting that other people will take notes for you or that you’ll catch up later is very risky, and often turns disastrous.

Now that I’ve sufficiently burst your dream bubble, I’ll leave you with these parting words; college is ultimately what you make it.

So yes, it could be like the movies if you treat it that way, but all that will accomplish is that you’ll fail out of school in less than one semester.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you’re certain of which college experience you’re after.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.