Between high school teachers, some off-comments from frustrated students, and hyped up TV shows and movies, it’s easy to get a pretty skewed view of college life. These messed-up myths can make people nervous about their college plans. Luckily, a lot of what you hear about college is a total myth. So, what’s fact and what’s fake? Let’s take a look at five common college myths.
#1 Your Professors Don’t Care About You
Ok, in some cases it’s true. Some professors don’t care one whit about you. But, most of your professors decided to teach because they want to help people learn. They like people, and they care about your education. While most maintain a professional distance from their students, they are more than happy to meet with you to discuss the class and your progress. A lot of instructors are full of compassion and are lenient if you’re upfront about scheduling issues or other problems.
A general rule of thumb with professors is the more you care, the more they care. If you show up to class, participate in discussions, ask questions, and do your best on tests and assignments, they’ll meet you halfway.
#2 SBOs are Popular
The media makes college student government look like the be all and end all. In reality, it’s a decent program that gives you job experience if you’re part of it. It also gives you a voice with the dean and the president to make change. However, the vast majority of the student body has no idea who you are, and most of them don’t care. It’s because college students are there to get their degree and move on and maybe make a few memories along the way. They go to class, they eat lunch at the Student Union, and they attend a few sporting events. Only a small percentage join sororities or clubs and even an even lower percentage will see a direct impact of an SBO’s influence. So, if you’re running for office to gain popularity, don’t waste your time. It’s a lot of work for almost no recognition. However, if you want to make friends, influence change, and get some excellent experience under your belt, running for office might just be right for you.
#3 College Is Easier Than High School
If you hear a college student say “college is easier than high school” they’re not a freshman, or they’re lying. College courses are much more rigorous with tighter deadlines than high school classes. Unfortunately, bullying still happens (though, not as often) and on top of everything else, you’re an adult. Your parents can’t come in and fix your grade or tell the professor to lay off. You are responsible for your academic success, your scheduling, and your life. There are people there to help, but everything is in your hands. Don’t worry; you get used to it. In fact, you get so good at dealing with your world that your memories of high school seem harder because you weren’t as strong back then. College is tough, but it makes you grow exponentially tougher.
#4 Professors are Stuffy
No. Most college professors are far from stuffy. They’re passionate, they’re brilliant, and they’re there to help you learn. However, most of them crack jokes. Most of them smile a lot, and most of them love their job. They’re overworked, underpaid, and they wouldn’t change a thing. They like their students, and they’re excited about what they teach. If your professors are stuffy, they’re probably close to retirement.
#5 C’s Get Degrees
C’s will get you some degrees but not all of them. It depends on your school and your program. Several degree programs require a B- or higher to count as more than “general education credits hours.” So, you can’t skate by on a C average in most instances. Plan on kicking a little more effort into your GPA before you even set foot in a classroom.