Raise your hand if you are scared of going away to college. This time in your life can be extremely stressful. You are expected to pick a career path at the young age of 18 and then people tell you to decide where you are going to spend the next 4+ years. It’s a lot to process.
I was so worried about college. People put all of these ideas into my head and it freaked me out. I thought that my classes would be unbearable and I had no idea how I was going to make friends. I started college 3 years ago and it has been quite a journey. If you are contemplating whether or not you want to go to college, let me tell you…you need to go. I know that it is expensive and some people might have a plan that doesn’t require college, but it has given me life experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Professors are unfair…is a major misconception. I’m sure this depends on the university you go to, but a majority of the professors I have had were understanding and willing to help. If you introduce yourself and seem interested in the class, then I am sure you won’t have any serious problems with the professor. If you end up disliking a professor, then remember the importance of course evaluations.
Another misconception I had before attending college was–everyone just wants to party. Do people party in college, of course! Do you have to? No, unless you want to. Some people party, some people don’t. Some people are like me and are able to balance school and a social life. It’s completely up to you.
People are more mature in college…I have matured because of college, but that doesn’t mean everyone matures. Some people bring their high school drama to college. There’s always going to be those mean girls or man children. While this seems like a negative thing, it can also be comforting at times to know that not everyone is turning into a boring adult.
Sororities are full of rich b*tches…Before I went to college, I had this stereotype about sorority women. I thought sororities were about elitist women and I thought sorority “girls” were shallow. I was completely wrong. I joined a sorority and it has been the best experience. I have met some of the strongest women through the Greek community. I have had so many opportunities and I am eternally grateful to be a part of a sisterhood.
Another misconception is it takes only four years. Ideally, an undergraduate degree should only take four years. Because of more rigorous course loads and making the difficult decision of choosing a major, making it out in 4 years has become a challenge. The average length of time for an undergraduate degree is 5-6 years. Everyone has different paths and because of this, it will take longer for some people. You might graduate early, you might graduate late. Don’t worry about it, do what’s best for your education.
You’re on your own. This couldn’t be more wrong. You are absolutely NOT on your own. Your friends will be there for you when you need help. Typically, campuses have various resources ranging from financial to mental health services. There are so many people you can go to for help. Joining organizations is also beneficial. You can turn to your advisors, fellow group members, friends, RAs, etc.
College is a once in a lifetime experience. You truly find yourself. You figure out your passions, you have fun, and you gain a proper education. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but it is not a waste of time nor a waste of money. If you are attending college soon, please don’t worry too much. These years are going to be irreplaceable.
I hope this post was of value to you. This topic also got me thinking about sexual assault on campuses. If you want me to write about that, let me know. Sexual assault and violence against women is a serious issue and it is all too common in college. Thanks for reading!
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