Common College Misconceptions

Hi, friends! I was recently thinking that people go into college with distorted ideas of what it’s really like. Sometimes, they’re right, but sometimes they’re not. This post is meant to help you get a realistic idea of what college is like.

Common College Misconceptions | Sometimes, college isn't all people say it is. Here are some common college misconceptions.

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Your high school study habits will be enough

College is much more demanding than high school. You’ll realize this during your freshman year. It’s okay if your freshman year is a period of transition between high school and college. In this period you’ll learn to stretch yourself to meet the higher demands of college life. You will have to spend more time studying, learn how to manage your time, and build organizational skills at a whole new level. It takes time, so don’t be too discouraged if your grades dip at first. Once you get the hang of it, you should be doing well again.

You have to get involved in everything on campus

In college, you are bombarded with activities you could potentially get involved in. People will push you to join them. Many of these activities are exciting, but you have to think realistically. How many things can you commit to without spreading yourself too thin? Remember, you already have to worry about your schoolwork. Choose the organizations you join carefully, and limit yourself. You’ll be thankful you’re not putting too much on your plate.

You will be able to rely entirely on your memory

It’s easy to think you can remember all the important assignments and dates you have to take care of, but our memories aren’t perfect. They will fail us every once in a while. So don’t risk it. Write down EVERYTHING in either a phone calendar app or a planner. It’ll help you keep track of things and make sure you don’t miss a deadline or a test date.

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You have to know exactly what you want to do

People tell us that by the time we enter college, we should know exactly what we want to do once we graduate. We should already have a life plan figured out. This is true to a certain extent. You should have a general idea of the field you want to go into so that you have a goal to work toward. But you don’t have to have it all figured out right away. As you progress in your college career, you’ll narrow down your interests and by the time you graduate, you’ll have a much better idea of where you want to end up. So don’t stress if you’re going in semi-blind.

Professors are intimidating

Yes, professors do demand a lot from their students, but in my experience, they’re not intimidating. All my professors have been willing to help their students. As long as you try your best (by doing things like going to class and doing your homework), your professor should be willing to help you when you’re stuck.


You’ll make lifelong friends (not entirely false, though!)

Some people are lucky enough to make lifelong friends in college. We see that all the time, and it’s great! But that’s not always the case. You might not end up being best friends with your roommate or your co-workers, and that’s okay. As long as you’re polite, you should be fine. Be open to the possibility of making lifelong friends, but don’t count on it.

When people think of college, they have a certain image in their minds. Sometimes that expectation is true, but sometimes it isn’t. Hopefully, this post helped you get a more realistic idea of what college is like.

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What’s the biggest college misconception you’ve heard?


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