Busting College Myths
During your time leading up to college, you may hear and believe a lot of interesting ideas and opinions about the college experience. Most of these ideas are untrue or “myths.” Today, I’m here to help clear the air and bust some of the biggest college myths I’ve seen in my time.
Most Students Graduate in 4 Years
This is a myth for sure. In college, you will take courses you like and ones you hate, courses that are easy and ones that are hard. And the simple truth is, life happens.
A lot of people don’t get it done in the standard four years, but that’s OK. Because this whole education thing is not a race, but a marathon.
Also, there are options to help get you caught up if you get behind, such as summer classes offered both online and on campus. Remember, sticking with our marathon theme, it doesn’t really matter how long it takes you to cross the finish line, as long as you do get there and get that degree.
Cost Equals Value
To clarify this one, I am primarily talking about when it comes to choosing a school. Just because a college costs more doesn’t mean it’s a better school. The same could be said about other things in life as well. Higher cost does not always equal higher quality.
You Can Party with No Consequences
I’ll go ahead and tell you, just because you’re in college doesn’t mean the police don’t exist — they do. And they won’t cut you any slack for being a student.
There will always be people who go to school just to party — that won’t ever change. But if you are going to party, be smart and be safe about it.
Your Major Will Determine Your Future
It’s pretty normal to stress over what major and minor to choose and, yes, it is important to find something you will not only succeed in, but also enjoy.
But I think sometimes we put too much stock in picking a major. If you haven’t caught on yet, it’s OK to be uncertain. It is acceptable to take different classes to see what catches your interest. Many people end up working in jobs outside their majors anyway.
Remember this: It’s not always what’s printed on the degree that matters but the fact that you got the degree.
Everybody Gains the Freshman 15
Another big myth of college is that everyone will gain weight. False.
I can personally name people I know who lost weight since starting college, and plenty of others whose weight stayed the same.
It is certainly very easy to gain weight during this time, if you eat badly and make poor lifestyle choices. But that’s not just college, that’s a large part of America right now.
So freshmen shouldn’t worry anymore than anyone else. Just remember to take a break from the sugar and soda once in a while and have fruit or water. And find something you enjoy that helps you stay active. Here at Angelo State University, the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance is a great facility with lots to do, in case you haven’t checked it out.
ADHD Meds (Adderall) will Boost Your GPA
This one is extremely false.
First of all, you shouldn’t take any medication that was not prescribed to you by a medical professional. All prescribed medicines have side effects. And there is no magic pill you can take to make you smarter. Adderall and other similar medicines do not create any new information in your head. They are designed to help people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to focus and it is drug abuse for people to use someone else’s prescription.
If you’ve ever taken meds like this and felt like you preformed more successfully on an assignment, you were most likely experiencing the placebo effect. That means that whether people take ADD meds or just sugar pills, they will feel like they preformed higher than normal because they had the extra confidence of Adderall, or what they perceived to be Adderall.
The point is that you don’t need any meds (unless your doctor says otherwise) to help you get your grades. You can do it all on your own by studying and working hard.
Professors Are Smarter Than Students
Now don’t go off and tell your teacher I said this, or start thinking you are more intelligent in all ways than your professors.
Chances are, most of your professors do have more knowledge than you because they are older and more experienced in the world of higher education. Obviously, there’s a lot you can learn from your professors, since it’s their job to teach you.
But the myth being busted here is that professors don’t learn anything from their students. Ask a professor, prove me wrong, but I bet they’d say the same thing — that they’ve learned just as much from their students as their students have from them.
They might be older, wiser and more knowledgeable than you, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily smarter or any better than you. Even if your professors have doctorates, remember they’re just people, too.
And remember the same thing a few years down the road, when you’re a successful big shot. You might be the boss and deserve respect, but we’re all just people, taking it a day at a time.