College is a big, exciting place, and sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in all that excitement. Just remember: keep your head and your common sense, and, like everything else in life, don’t believe everything you hear. To help you out, here are a few myths about college. The key word being myth. As in probably not true. And by probably we mean definitely:
- There’s a pool on the roof of the student center. With 100% certainty, I can tell you that there is in fact most definitely not a pool on the roof of the student center. Because, seriously. Really? However, if someone tells you that the library is full of puppies, well, you better head over there ASAP because that just might be true.
- The Freshman 15 is inevitable. While it’s true that college is a place of high alcohol consumption and an inevitably worse diet (thanks, dining hall), it’s still possible to avoid packing on those extra fifteen pounds. For instance, all you have to do is be conscious of what you put in your body and exercise a little bit. No big deal, right? Besides, it’s not like the freshman 15 is exclusive to, well, just freshman. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all susceptible to a little weight gain if they get too lazy.
- Your teachers don’t even know who you are. You don’t have to be anonymous in your college class, no matter how big it is. If you show up to office hours, participate in class, and show your professor that you’re taking their class seriously, then they’ll definitely know who you are. Not only will you benefit in the future when you need to ask your professor for some recommendations for a job, grad school, or some other opportunity, but you’ll benefit in the short term, too. Just ask your GPA.
- Don’t talk to seniors, or else. Okay, if the upperclassmen seriously seem big and tall and whenever you look at them they scowl and look like they’re about to eat you, then fine, don’t talk to them. But chances are most seniors and juniors would be happy to make new friends and to talk to some fresh faces. In college age doesn’t matter as much as it did in high school. While you shouldn’t make a habit of becoming friends with only upperclassmen, it doesn’t hurt to have a few friends who can show you the ropes. What’s more, most of the classes you take will have a mix of kids from all years, so there’s no reason why you can’t all be friendly.
- Everyone is a number crunching, late-into-the-night-studying super-genius and you’ll never compare to that. In one simple word: false. While there will always be those kids that seem to know everything, who will never get less than an A on an assignment or exam, the majority of students have to put a ton of work into their grades, so don’t feel bad if you’re not getting the marks you want. The rule of thumb: you get what you give. If you want to get those high grades, then buckle down, study, and do what you can to get them.