When I decided on my university, everyone cautioned me about how big the school was. They told me that I would only know my TA's and wouldn't know any of my professors. They told me that I would get lost every day of my first semester. Honestly, I was overwhelmed and rethinking my decision because of the remarks I got. But, after being here and basing my opinion on my own experience, I couldn't be happier with my decision.
Myth: Your professors will never know you.
I actually love all of my professors because I took the time to introduce myself. Yes, there is a possibility that a professor won't know you, but that's only if you don't take the time. Answer a question in class. Go to office hours, even if it's for half an hour to introduce yourself and ask questions. These professors are amazing networking opportunities. Don't let that slip through your fingers.
Fact: Some of your GenEd classes can be big.
Currently, I have a 750 person class. In high school, my biggest class was 30. So yes, this is intimidating. But, that 750 class is my favorite class and I learn so much. And, guess what? I know my professor, and he's the coolest dude I know. If you are good at prioritizing your education, you will be fine in these classes. It's a learning curve and very different, but I promise you, these won't be the majority of your classes.
Myth: There's no personalized education, so you either get the topic or you don't.
I'm not the quickest when it comes to understanding a topic. So, coming to a school with 48,000 students and big classes was a big step for me. But, professor's office hours are the best. They don't want you to fail, I promise. They know that students learn at different paces and they truly want to help you. Bottom line: introduce yourself to your teachers and go to office hours.
Fact: There are so many intramural sports, clubs, organizations, interest groups etc.
Especially at Penn State with over 1,000 different organizations, the ways you can get connected are endless. If you think of a passion you have, chances are there's a club. And if there's not, you can make one. Here at Penn State, there's a "My Name is Bob" club and a "My Name is Not Bob" club. These clubs are also an awesome way to find your niche and your people.
Myth: You'll get lost for weeks.
Yes, everyone gets lost sometimes. But what some people don't realize is that the campus gets incredibly smaller as you pick your classes and find you "route" to those buildings. Penn State is huge and insanely intimidating and I'm god awful with directions, but I got lost maybe once or twice. As I'm about halfway into the fall semester, I know exactly where I'm going and my surroundings. Pro tip though, don't go a different way lol.
So, don't worry. I know college decisions seem so big right now, but I promise you will be fine. Make sure your decision is purely YOURS, make sure you form your own opinion before you decide on a college.
You've got this! :)