5 College Myths That Are Actually True

5 College Myths That Are Actually True

3. You won't stay friends with the people you meet in the first two weeks.

All through high school we wonder what college is going to be like. What sorority or fraternity are we going to join? What events will we go to? What classes will we take?

I heard many things about college, and over half of them weren't what I thought they'd be. College myths are exactly that - myths, except when they aren't.

Some of those myths end up being true. Like these.

1. You will miss home.

This was a big one for me. I always heard "you'll miss home," but I never listened because like any other high schooler, I wanted as far away from home as I could get. Missing home wasn't something I ever thought I'd do, especially only being two hours away from my family, but I do find myself wishing I hadn't moved out. It's a change we have to get used to, and it's okay to miss home, everyone does sometimes.

2. You won't party.

Everyone always associates college with parties, which is partly true. However, not everyone parties. It's a misconception that college is all play and no work, but the truth is, partying is only something that happens on the weekends and only certain people get into them. Plus the party scene isn't for everyone so don't feel like you have to go to them. If you party, it's okay. Live a little, but be safe.

3. You won't stay friends with the people you meet in the first two weeks.

Hear me out on this one, it's one of the most important. The people you hang out with the first few weeks are probably not here to stay. I speak from experience. If you live in a resident hall with people who have the same major as you, you find those people in the first week that you hope to be life long friends with. But that doesn't always happen. When you're around people for 18/24 hours a day, tensions get high and people get irritated with each other really fast. This isn't the case for everyone. Some people still manage to keep their two week friends longer than that but if you don't it's okay, you'll find those lifetime friends. It just usually doesn't happen in the first few weeks.

4. You will skip class.

This is another one people like to deem untrue. You hear people say "I've never skipped a class," and they're either really good at waking up and making sure to get there or they're lying to you. It's probably the latter. And I'm sure you've said something along the lines of "I won't skip class, I paid too much to be here," but it's definitely something that happens. Whether your alarm didn't go off, or you intentionally decided to skip your STATS class, it's going to happen. Just be know you only get so many skips before your grades go down. You might as well save your absences for days when you're sick beyond repair and need them.

5. You will live on Ramen Noodles and Mac & Cheese.

There are tons of options for food on campus. One reason why colleges make you get a meal plan if you live on campus is for this reason. They don't want you to have to resort to eating unhealthy just because you're a broke college student. Also, there are unlimited coupons and discounts that restaurants and stores offer to students because they know how broke you are.

So all of those things people told you about college, may or may not be true. Though, that doesn't mean you can't have the best time while you're there. Just be safe, get lots of rest, and GO TO CLASS!

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There's A Psychological Reason Why You Absolutely Hate Group Projects

It's about time I need to stop going to bed at two in the morning.

As a sophomore high schooler, I'm ready to start a petition to end all school projects. Given the chance, I would throw group projects in particular off the face of Earth. I'm a fairly open and social person, and I enjoy being a part of groups. However, what I've noticed the past few weeks is that people are never there when you need them. People are unreliable and don't contribute to these group projects, and enough is enough. It's about time I need to stop picking up after people, and it's about time I need to stop going to bed at two in the morning.

In every group project, you encounter many types of people, and it seems impossible to get everyone to work together. We all have different schedules, which makes meeting up an issue. There are often times when group members end up "sick" or "are busy." To have someone show up is, in fact, a miracle.

Not only that, but not all group members contribute equally, despite every promises to work equally. One person always ends up doing more, if not, all the work.

And often, you find yourself surrounded by people that you dislike.

So you start to wonder, what's the point of all this? If adults hate working in teams, then why are they making us do so as well? If they want us to learn, then why aren't we learning anything?

Group projects have such a bad reputation, and often times, we fail to see its intent and purpose. I constantly hear people complain about the situation, blaming the teacher for this assignment. But, perhaps, we're at fault for doing poorly on our group projects.

Group projects are examples of diffusion of responsibility, the phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to take action in the midst of a group due to the belief that others will take on the responsibility, also known as the bystander effect. These two theories intertwine so tight that they are used interchangeably at times. Both state that when more people are around, the less inclined an individual is to do anything about a situation, which lessens the burden on the individual.

There are factors that influence the diffusion of responsibility. An individual may either feel unqualified to take action, or an individual simply doesn’t know what’s going on. Additionally, an individual is less inclined to help unfamiliar faces.

In the context of group projects, people are not as motivated to work towards a common goal. Naturally, people will rely on others to take on their responsibility. Often times, this will put the weight of the project on one person, causing them to do much more work than necessary.

Since group projects usually result in a collective grade, there’s no individual accountability. People tend to pull back, leaving others with more workload. Your individual responsibility doesn’t feel as important anymore because you believe that the others on your team are responsible as well.

A couple of weeks ago, we were assigned a video project. The minimum number per group was two and the highest four. I originally wanted to keep the group small, for I was afraid that I'll end up stressing more. My friend and I started out as a group of two, and we added somebody else upon consideration. And at the last possible moment, the group of three became a group of four.

I was not happy with the arrangement. To be frank, I was disappointed with everyone. I had expected better work ethics, work quality and most importantly, better signs of responsibility.

Like I predicted, I stressed over everyone else's work. People just simply didn't feel the incentive to put in effort, seeing that there will be others that will take over their part for them (which was true). Being the "control freak" of the group, I was the one nuisance that annoyed people into doing their work. But where's the motivation in that? They're only working so that I could stop bothering them. Deep down, they knew that I'd much rather do the entire project by myself than to work with them any more.

Another reason why group projects are despised is that you can’t express your individuality in a group project. There's pressure to not speak out for what you want in fear of being judged. Often times, your opinions or ideas don't align with what others are saying. Everything is subjective. What you think is good is someone else’s bad. What you believe is urgent is probably the opposite of others. Whether you’re working with one person or as a team of five, you have to compromise. And often times, you have to sacrifice something you want in order to make everyone else happy.

And as much as we hate to admit it, in the end, it is everyone's fault.

The purpose of a group project is to get everyone to work and learn something new as a team. Teachers assign group projects in hopes that people will learn from others and utilize each other's strengths to create a masterpiece. Though this seems like a good idea theoretically, it’s not the case in most situations.

But also keep in mind that in the end, it is your project. You're responsible, and you have to be able to learn how to lead. You have to be able to work together as a team, despite the challenges and the clash of opinions. So if you end up being a disappointment to your peers, they’ll do damage control to save themselves from a failing grade. Although it may work out for you, not being responsible for your actions will cause hostility and grudges. Your partners will never really look at you the same ever again.

And if you are the one who is driven insane due to the weight of the entire assignment on your shoulders, I applaud you. Though the stress is practically crushing you now, it'll eventually pass. Take a deep breath because you got this. Though others may never admit it, you are the backbone and deserve the world.

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7 Tips For Interview Success

Interviews happen at all stages of our lives!

Interviews can be really daunting, especially if you've never had a professional interview. We all remember the nerves we had the first time we interviewed and it can be difficult to feel confident at times. However, interviews and talking to people you've never met are an important part of life. Since we will all go through an interview at some point in our lives, here are some tips for success!

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

An interviewer can easily tell if you have prepared for the interview. Even if you are nervous, it is obvious you put thought into your answers if they are clear, concise and answer the questions being asked.

2. Always have a resume.

Don't just have one copy, have multiple! You would be surprised at how many people don't bring resumes to an interview, so this will set you apart and make you appear more professional. Make sure to have someone you trust check out your resume before you print it!

3. Dress professionally.

Google business professional dress! For my friends that are men, khakis are not business professional. Make sure your jacket and pants match in order to make an excellent impression! It's never fun to lose points for something as simple as dress.

4. Research the organization or industry.

Doing your research is key to thriving in any interview. The second an interviewer hears you mention specific goals, values or the mission of the organization or company, you get bonus points. When people research the company, interviewers can tell that they actually care about the organization and want the job or position.

5. Tie your answers into the position you want.

A big mistake in interviews is answering the questions without tying them to the organization or why you are a good fit for that position.

6. Ask for contact information.

Another way to make yourself stand out is to ask for the emails or contact information of your interviewer(s) at the end of the interview. Sending a follow up email can be the difference between a good and great candidate.

7. Know how you will add value to the organization.

Be prepared to answer questions about how you will add value to the organization and what unique skills you have! There is only one you, so don't be afraid to show people that!

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