7 College Myths Debunked
There are numerous myths surrounding college, misconceptions about higher education that are sometimes hard to eradicate, even dispute. At SayCampusLife we’ve heard our share of tails about college, including the following seven we will debunk here.
1. Choose the most prestigious college that fits you. The more prestigious the school, the better for you academically, right? No. Instead, you should find the school that is the “best fit” for you, one where you’ll thrive because it matches your goals. Everyone may be encouraging you to accept your Ivy offer, but a regional college may have more to offer you.
2. A great football or basketball program is a must. Attend college for what offers to you academically, not athletically. Unless you were a strong athlete while in high school, you won’t qualify for a sports scholarship, but you might qualify for an academic scholarship based on how well you did while in high school.
3. Large universities have more to offer than small colleges. It is true that many large universities have the financial resources to offer a more diverse curriculum than small colleges. But educational diversity does not matter to you if both schools offer the same program, such as environmental science. The large, public university may have you sitting in a lecture hall with hundreds of other students while that small, private college may have small classes and an engaged professor.
4. My career choice should be decided before I go to college. How many 18 year olds know what they want to be when they “grow up?” Some do, but many do not. If you aren’t sure what you want to do when you graduate college, then don’t choose your school based solely on the majors offered. Find a school that will prepare you academically and help you declare your major by your junior year.
5. Your college experience will mirror the student body. Unless you attend Clone University, your experience while at college will be unique to yourself. Much of this has to do with the classes you take, the clubs you join, your outside interests and many other factors. What you put into college will go far in determining what you get from it.
6. State schools cost less than private colleges. The sticker price for state schools may be lower than private schools, but many private colleges offer extensive student aid, effectively lowering your cost of college, and in some cases making it lower than what the state university would charge you.
7. I do not qualify for financial aid. Many students qualify for financial aid, but do not realize that they do. Fill out the Free Application For Student Aid or FAFSA to determine how much aid can come your way. Grants and scholarships are among the ways students can pay less for their college education.
Myths are sometimes hard to dispel, but with a little digging on your part you can find out what is true and what is a fallacy. Make your campus visits and be prepared to ask a lot of questions as you take your tour. Talk with other students, sit in on a class and get a feel for the environment.