Growing up, we all had an idea of what college would look like; endless parties, students always skipping class and more parties. But if you’ve been to college you know that it is not exactly this way. Sure some aspects can resemble that a lot but if you want to be truthful, most colleges are in real life much more laid-back than this.

Here are 5 myths about college that you probably thought were true.

-Myth 1: College is one big party

This is probably the biggest misconception about college. Thanks to Hollywood I was guilty of believing this before entering college. However when I eventually started my freshman year, I realized that this was completely false. Yes, there are plenty of parties going on but most of them happen during the weekend. You rarely see students raging on a Monday night. In addition, I’ve noticed that most parties are not full-on parties, they can simply be get-togethers at your dorms. They’re not often all nighters. My

-Myth 2: Everyone knows what it is that they want to do

It’s common to think that everyone in college knows exactly what it is that they want to do. However that is not true. Most people are really finding themselves and figuring it out as they go along. Before entering college, I knew that I wanted to study business but I wasn’t sure exactly what specific part interested me. After trying out different classes and clubs, I realized that International business was my calling. This is one of the best ways for you to figure out exactly what it is that you want to do. Get involved with clubs, sign up for different classes, you’d be surprised how much learning and self-awareness you can get from doing this.

-Myth 3: The best colleges are well-known

We’ve all secretly wanted to go to an Ivy League for college. I mean to be fair, they are excellent schools but there are also equally excellent other schools that most people don’t necessarily know about. Sure Ivy League schools offer a variety of resources to their students that most universities don’t but you can still get a tremendous value from going to lesser well-know college. People often think that if you graduate from an Ivy League, that must mean that you will land a job. This is completely untrue. These recent decades graduating rates have been higher than ever and therefore alma matters have become less and less relevant. So don’t be discouraged if you didn’t get into the Ivy League of your dreams, focus on maximizing your experience by getting good grades, networking and interning.

-Myth 4: Every student graduates within 4 years

Although most student graduates within four years, it is not the case for everyone. A study has shown that about 45% of college students graduate between 8 and 10 semesters in college. This myth often leads to students overworking themselves and taking on too much responsibility. I know a few students who have regretted taking 21 credits one semester as an effort to graduate within 4 years. Some of them have done well while others have lowered their gpa by doing this. So don’t feel pressured by these arbitrary standards. Work smartly and efficiently.

-Myth 5: Your major will determine your career

Don’t be fooled by this one. If you’re not going in the education, law or healthcare path your major will not necessarily determine your career. I know a few people who have graduated with certain majors college and yet are working in a completely different field. So don’t be stressed that you’re still feeling lost after college. We’re all experiencing it.

College is an important part of your life. You truly get to explore your self and experience new things. So don’t be afraid to try different things and most importantly don;t get fooled by these arbitrary standards.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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