College can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For many, it's the beginning of the pathway to the better life they've dreamed of since they were little. For others, it's a way to begin dreaming at all, allowing them to meet and interact with the world by engaging in classes with skilled professors alongside equally driven classmates.
Or maybe you're going for the partying and newly acquired anxiety. Either way, no college experience is the same, but there are some universal truths and lies about higher education which aren't as widely shared as they should.
Reddit user, u/admdhu, wanted to hear:
Yeah, No. Not Always.Giphy
'it's the best time of your life'
I love being disoriented and depressed all the time, what are you talking about.
Be Prepared To Adjust
You will get a high paying job in your major.
Thankfully my year-round part time management/sales/marketing internship is giving me skills I can use to grow inside and outside of work and get a competitive edge against my peers.
Keep It Small
Go to a small school; you'll get lost in the shuffle at a big one, and won't make friends.
Colleges are like a bunch of small towns strung together. No matter what your major, you will spend all day with the same small group, so pick a school that's best for your plans and go with that one, even if it's one of the humongous ones.
One Doesn't Always Lead To Another
biggest lie is that college = success
graduating college and having a degree is an accomplishment, no doubt about it. but too many people think college a ticket to success and financial freedom and that's not the case. the real work starts when you finish college.
It's Not The Only Pathway
That, more or less, college was the only route to success. I've found that not only does college not guarantee a good career that pays well, many people who don't have college degrees earn more than some who do (whether or not they're in positions relating to their degree).
I wouldn't count that as an intentional lie though. More of a lack of understanding by parents who don't realize that the paradigm shifted (and college degrees didn't guarantee a job or high salary like they used to).
There's Definitely A Bigger Divide Between The Laid Back And Hard-Working
High school teachers saying that instructors won't be as easy going as they are. While my instructor challenges students to roast him and the best one gets extra credit.
Not Everyone May be On Your Level
That "smart and mature people go to college".
No matter what college I attended, or what campus I visited and regardless of their Alma mater, there are a fair amount of fools on any campus and from any school, and an expected number of people still experiencing the growing pains of adulthood.
This isn't to say they shouldn't be proud of their academic accomplishments or happy about their career prospects. Rather, it is simply that they are by all means deficient in areas I think one ought to not be deficient in. Maturity, insightfulness, self-awareness, et cetera.
You May Hot Even Remember Them After The Semester Ends
That you'll meet the love of your life there.
Or your lifelong best friends LOL
Are you telling me you didn't have a smiling multicultural group of friends either?
Some Misguided Information
A high school teacher told us that: "The summer before college is the last long vacation you'll have."
The (many) years of college were actually the longest vacation I've had.
Little To No Help From Those In Charge
That the professors don't help you.
This isn't universal, I had my share of profs that were sink or swim, but I found a majority were willing to go above and beyond for you if you put the effort in.
If you're at a research university, some of your professors have made their life's work out of your class. If you show the interest in their work the same way they have, and show jt by sitting in the front and asking relevant questions, or greeting them with a hello and thank you before and after class, when you go to their office for help, or copies of the slides because you missed class (because you sit in front they missed your face) they will give you a hand.
I had a professor who taught municipal politics (Canada) and the course was largely about separation of powers (federal, provincial, municipal), responsibilities. The guy was a super nerd about it, and as it turns out I was too. Really enjoyed the class, always sat in front, and when my girlfriends mom passed away when a major paper was due, gave me all the time in the world to finish it. Someone passed away that was really no relation to me, and I basically handed the paper in after finals were over, 3 weeks late. No problem.
Let's Be Up Front: Cursive Doesn't Matter Anymore.Giphy
The two that stand out are professors would only accept papers written in cursive, and the only path to college is doing well in high school. The former isn't true because of these things called "computers" and the latter isn't true because of this thing called "community college."
College Doesn't Always Equal Experience
The biggest lie: "college prepares you for the workplace"
As a manager, my biggest frustration is recent college grads. I am sorry but just because you went to college DOES NOT MEAN you are prepared for the workplace. I hate to be all "ok boomer," but if you can't follow directions, if you won't read emails, if you can't take initiative, if you're coming to me 10 times a day with the same issue with no attempt to use the tools given to you to figure it out first - you are going to drive me crazy. I have no problem re-training if needed, but i can't hold your hand all day even if I wanted to.
A lot of programs will require people to do multiple internships or field experience, and as much as people on Reddit tend to poo-poo internships, these programs churn out more successful grads. It's not slave labor.
My advice to any college students out there - the best thing you can do is gain experience and network. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Volunteer, and yes- intern. If you are able to intern, you really should do it. If you're not in a position to intern, get some field experience. It may not pay well, and I'm sorry about that, but it is a very valuable investment if you can work in your field of study and develop good relationships with your managers, or even other managers in other departments. Be the proactive person, don't wait for your boss to give you projects. You will graduate way more prepared than your peers.
It's Not Just The Students
That they won't tolerate misbehavior; I have seen professors pull off some shenanigans.
They've thrown markers, just not shown up, taken calls, forgot the tests on test days, swear, etc etc. Oh and always remember handing something in late for half credit is way better than no credit. F my high-school teachers who said that they would accept late work because my college professors wouldn't (spoiler alert most did.)
Every highschool teacher I've ever come by: They won't tolerate late assignments in college! I'm doing you a big favor!
My college professor: If you want an extension on the assignment, just ask. I'll say yes 99% of the time if you ask in advance of the due date. Another college professor: I have a lot of other things to grade. If you didn't turn in your assignment today, just get it to me next week. Another college professor: I was going to assign that worksheet, but I realized that I really don't want to grade them...so I'll just make them extra credit instead.
Everyone Is Welcome
That it's only for people in their late teens that must go fresh out of high school to college. I though I would not fit in starting college in my late 20s but I found so many different age groups attending classes that I felt right at home.
Doesn't Matter. Doesn't Matter At All.
My dad spent my entire senior high school year and my entire time in college telling me the same thing over and over. If you have a college degree, any job will hire you. Doesn't matter what kind of degree it is or what kind of job it is. They'll just hire you because you have a college degree. I don't think I really believed it, but I was too busy to question it anyway.
The best part? When I got out of college and had trouble getting a job that didn't involve a cash register and customer service, he kept repeating it and claimed I just wasn't trying hard enough.
You need to go to college in order to succeed in life.
Different paths have different requirements. My best advice to anyone wondering if college is the move or not is to start by job hunting. Find the jobs you want, and list out what the requirements are. If it's a college degree, great. If it's not, pursue whatever else (trade school, certificates, etc.) instead.
There's Always A Chance For Change
That it doesn't matter if you don't know what you want to study right away and you can switch your major at anytime.
While parts of this are true, college is expensive. I switched my major after my second year and had to take a fifth year to finish my degree. It's cheaper to take classes at a community college if you are unsure of what you want to study and then transition into university once you've decided. Don't pay thousands of dollars to find yourself.
Well, Yeah...But Would You Want This?Giphy
If you get hit by the campus bus your tuition is paid for by the college.
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