It’s your first day in college.
You are the perfect embodiment of a freshman hopeful for new things, new beginnings. Ah, the feels of getting to start all over again!
Like every new kid in town, your excitement to meet new people and explore new places is undeniable (yup, it’s written all over your face!). You have a ton of questions waiting to be answered, and you can’t wait for the university to finally feel like ~home~.
And what’s the best way to get acquainted with your newfound alma mater than asking your ates and kuyas in college, right? TYL for upperclassmen!
However, while you can surely thank them for their tried and tested tips and hacks for college life, remember that they too are in the same boat as you a.k.a. learning with you. That’s why it’s important to take their advice with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to the all-time fave: college myths!
Ever heard (and believed) any of these college myths? You might want to think through it again. Check these out:
1. You have to be besties with your blocmates.
Next to etymology, a college bloc might as well be the definition of clingy, for reals. One of the perks of being a freshie in college is having to be part of an instant barkada called blocs. While its purpose is to help students adjust better (together) in their first year, you are NOT required to be BFFs with each one of them. Go ahead, and find your own tribe!
2. You will not survive college without joining an org.
“What’s college without being part of an org?,” said a student who have more orgs than subjects, probably. There’s not a single doubt that orgs play a big role in a student’s life. It’s a great avenue to fuel your interests and meet friends who are as passionate as you!
However, you should know too that you can still do the same thing without joining one (read: it’s okay!). After all, org life isn’t for everyone tbh. And if you think it isn’t for you, don’t worry—you’ll do just fine in college!
3. Being friends with your professor will guarantee you to pass the subject.
To set the records straight, there’s nothing wrong with being friends with your professors. As a matter of fact, there’s a lot of perks to this relationship. For starters, years-worth of valuable experiences! #yassss. When you’re good friends with your professors, it’s highly likely that their passion for learning (and the subject) rubs off on you. That will help you pass the subject!
4. You have more time in college.
Whoever said there’s more time in college must’ve skipped college. #realtalk
Sure, there are some things you can enjoy in college like more lenient professors (read: it’s. not. always. a. good. thing.) and more freedom when it comes to schedules, but more time is NOT one of them. There are still 24 hours in a day when you get to college, and you’ll still have to manage your time wisely. You, however, can be wiser in college!
5. You will “find yourself” in college.
College will always be memorable. It’s like a kaleidoscope of first times, unforgettable experiences, and even heartbreaks. No wonder there seems to be an unspoken rule that students should be able to “find themselves” in college, if not after. When in reality, it’s just another four or so years of your life.
Listen, you don’t need to have everything figured out by then. It’s okay. Although it’ll be great if you come out better than when you first entered college!
There’s a reason why these college myths are called myths. There are things you can learn from your upperclassmen’s words, there are things you are better off proving by yourself. Whichever you find yourself in, don’t let these things get in the way of enjoying your college life to the full. One thing’s for sure, you’re onto an exciting adventure!