Top Ten Humorous Myths About College

You're heading to college, overwhelmed by the advice getting thrown at your from all angles. Look no further for the real scoop about college.

When you are about to enter college, you will never be at a loss for advice and little nuggets of "wisdom" from your friends, teachers and relatives. You probably have your own vision of how college will be, no doubt inspired by the many college movies you've watched or the reality shows you've religiously followed. Granted, everybody's first year of college is an experience based on the individual and no two experiences are quite the same, but there are a few deeply-believed myths that don't always turn out to be true.

You Cannot Escape The Freshmen Fifteen

When I first heard of the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen" a wave of nausea immediately washed over me. I wasn't exactly the fittest girl on the block, so the idea that the second I stepped foot onto my new college campus I would suddenly gain fifteen pounds of fat on my already chubby body terrified me to no end. On the contrary, I ended up losing my high school baby fat. How in the world can a college freshman who is used to the stocked fridge and pantry of their parents' house suddenly gain fifteen pounds when every night they stare into a pantry that has one crushed up bag of Ramen noodles, and a dorm fridge whose contents consist of a spoiled gallon container of milk and some questionable luncheon meat? It was a good dinner when I could scrounge up enough quarters to get an order of nachos at the local Taco Bell.

Animal House Parties Are The Norm

When I first saw the movie "Animal House," I couldn't wait to get to college and all of those wild and crazy toga parties. Unless you're a part of the elusive Drama majors clique, you can forget the wild theme parties with the endless supply of liquor. You'll be lucky if the one keg of cheap beer isn't tapped out by the time you get to the party.

Best Friends Should Never Room Together

My best friend and I decided to room together in college and all we ever heard was, "Rooming together will kill your friendship." There is a reason you are best friends and usually that is because you've been with each other through thick and thin, through the nasty boy/girlfriends and through that time you got a huge pimple on the tip of your nose before the prom. The entire time my best friend and I roomed together, it was like one never-ending slumber party.

Long Distance Relationships Will Last

When you leave your hometown and your girlfriend/boyfriend behind who is still in high school, I'm not saying you might as well kill the relationship, but you better be prepared for some rocky times. It doesn't matter how many times you and your high school sweetheart told each other that things would never change, things will change. You will meet a whole new group of friends and have experiences that your girlfriend/boyfriend may not relate to. Be prepared to tough it out.

There Will Be No Need To Study

Maybe you slipped through by the skin of your teeth in high school. You never studied. You did your homework in between classes while walking down the hall. Even though that literature paper was due on a Friday and you weren't remotely finished, you were able to sweet talk your high school English teacher into a two-week extension. Try sweet talking your college professor into giving you an extension and the last thing you'll see before the door slams in your face is the open mouth of your professor as he's laughing wildly. Think you can cram the night before a college physics exam? Think again. Unlike high school, you won't be getting tested over a few simple equations with multiple choice answers. Chances are that college mid-term exam will cover ten chapters consisting of two-hundred textbook pages covering everything from memorized equations to the theory behind those equations.

You Will Be Miss Popularity, Just Like You Were in High School

You were the head cheerleader, the president of the student council and the top speech and debate competitor in your region, in addition to being voted Most Popular at your prom. However, when you walk into your first college class with over 300 students and nobody even bothers to turn in your direction, you will know that being popular in high school does not mean you'll be Miss Popularity in college.

You'll Still Be The Smartest One

On the same note, if you were the Valedictorian at your high school, take a look around your college classroom. Sitting to your right, to your left, right in front of you and right behind you are people who also graduated in the top ten of their high school class. You'll have to work at least twice as hard in college as you did in high school to stand out academically.

You Won't Be Home-Sick

When your parents drop you off at your new college dorm, the feeling of independence is so overwhelming you can hardly contain yourself. I give you eight hours before you cry yourself to sleep on your new dorm pillow because you miss your parents and bratty little brother. Many students tell their parents they won't be coming home until Thanksgiving break when, in fact, they will get so homesick, their parents will see their car coming up the driveway every single weekend.

You Will Keep In Touch With All Your Old Friends

On your high school yearbook, I guarantee your friends wrote little notes like BFF (Best Friends Forever) and LYLAS (Love You Like A Sis) or DEC (Don't Ever Change). You will meet so many new people in college that it will be difficult if not nearly impossible to keep in touch with all of your old high school friends. You will go to your ten-year high school reunion having kept in touch with only one or two people even though you swore you'd e-mail your high school friends every single day.

Your College Degree Will Be Your Ticket to Your Dream Job

By the time you graduate college, there will be so many other college graduates competing for that same programming job at that prestigious Fortune 500 company that it will make your head spin. College graduates leave feeling they have the world by its tail when, in fact, experience doesn't begin until you've secured your first job and realized that you aren't as educated as you thought you were.

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