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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Stop Saying You're a Broke College Student

I've had a job since 16, and my money life is thriving.

It's supposed to be funny when someone says "I'm a broke college student" but I think it's stupid. Here's my unpopular opinion.

I've had a job since I was 16. My first day of work was the first weekend after I started my sophomore year of high school. It wasn't too difficult- I was literally only working on Saturdays and Sundays. The shifts were 4-7:30/8 pm on Saturdays and 11-2:30 on Sundays. I wasn't making a huge amount of money, but it paid for my gas money, and that was all I needed. So the first year I had my job, I was spending any extra money I had on food, movie tickets, and clothes.

Then reality hit when I knew I needed to start saving up for college. I started putting money into my savings account, and eventually I had built up enough money to buy a new old car. I know, it wasn't college tuition, but I needed it.

My first year living in the dorms, I figured out a system. I was putting $150 each week in a savings envelope, and each month I knew I had to pay $160 for my car payment. The rest of the money I made I put in envelopes for a new purse, clothes, vacation. I had a system going, and I didn't spend extra money on useless things unless I was rewarding myself. In case you can't do the math, that's at least $600 in my savings account each month, and most people can't figure out how to put away $100.

Now, as a sophomore in college, I watch people trickle into class with to-go food, to-go coffee, smoothies, and candy from gas stations or the shops on campus. Then I hear those same people complain about being "a broke college student." I'm sorry, but you're not a broke college student. You're a college student who pays for things you don't need, with money you have that you shouldn't be spending. You don't need to get Starbucks 3 times a day. You don't have to go to pitcher night at the local bar. You don't need to spend money on those things, but you do. And at the end of the month, you're broke, and begging your parents for money.

So, in my unpopular opinion, you're not a broke college student. You're a dumb one. Make a budget, give yourself some spending money, and stick to it. You'll thank me later.

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11 Tips For a Great Semester

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.

1. Have a nice workspace/desk

I recently made this change and I feel 100% better.

2. Dress well

Personally, if I go to class looking like a bum, I feel like a bum. Dress for success!

3. Go to bed at the same time every night

Getting enough rest can really impact the rest of your day. Aim to get 7-9 solid hours of sleep each night this semester to avoid accidentally being grouchy at someone.

4. What am I doing for this upcoming week?

What are my goals this week? What’s going on this week? What do I need to work on for this week? If you go into your week blind, it never really works. I’ve done this before.

5. Don’t lose your class syllabi

This one paper has literally all of the due dates, test dates, readings and homework assignments on it. Make sure you always know where this paper is because you will be looking at it constantly, so don’t lose it.

6. Ask questions

If you’re in class and you have no idea what the professor is talking about ask, or email them! It’s good to ask questions because then your professor knows you care about their class so it’s a win-win situation. You ask questions plus the professor knows you care equals good grade in the class.

7. Take good notes

I can’t tell you how many times over the past semester I would look back at my notes and what I wrote didn’t make sense. Learn what type of learner you are to figure out how to take the best notes for yourself. I either write everything out by hand which takes forever (especially when the professor flies through the lecture) or I print out the notes and just write on those papers so I can actually listen to the lecture.

8. Get some homework done in between classes

In my schedule, I have a lot of time gaps in between classes just waiting around for my next class to start. Take advantage of this 30 minutes or 2-hour gap and work on some homework. You’ll thank yourself later.

9. Don't overload yourself

I’ve made a rule with myself to only do homework Monday to Friday. That’s because if I work super hard during the week on my work then I can have the weekends off as a mental break. There are a couple exceptions to my rule like if I have a 5-page essay due Monday then yes, I’ll work on it during the weekend or if I have tests coming up the next week then I’ll be studying.

10. Don't procrastinate

If you’re avoiding something, just get it done and over with. If you have a really difficult essay to write and then a bunch of easier assignments; start with the hard assignment first to get it done. It’ll take the most time and then you’ll feel relieved when you’re done with it.

11. Don't give up

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens.

Just keep going.

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