Facts vs Myths: 3 Lies You Have Been Told About What Awaits in College

Facts vs Myths: 3 Lies You Have Been Told About What Awaits in College
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    High School teachers – God bless them – love to share advice.

    A favorite topic amongst them, especially with high school seniors, revolves around college and how it will be a complete opposite of what life in high school is.


If you focus enough, you can just hear your teacher and the words of wisdom shared. “The free time shall be a thing of the past, and lenient rules the stuff of dreams the second you walk down those hallowed campus halls.”

Despite their good intentions and overall accuracies in most wisdom bits they share, some of these tales are not accurate in the least. So, today we take a look at some of the most exaggerated tales and myths that your favorite teacher shared with you about college.

#1. Professors that are Stone-Cold

Again, Professors are human too. As such, it’s untrue that college professors don’t care about individual students due to the large class sizes they teach.

It is certainly true that forming close relationships with college professors is harder as a single class can consist of up to 500 students. Opportunities for closer interactions with college teachers do exist though.

Smaller sized classes – you will definitely attend some before you are done with college – is one such avenue and so are the regular discussion groups present in larger sized classes.

Even with the biggest of class sizes where a lecturer doesn’t know all of you by name, it does not imply that they don’t care about your success. It is a complete falsehood that professors have little regard for relationships with their students and that they make no attempts to foster such relationships.

#2: The Syllabus is King!

Most high school teachers will go on and on about the syllabus and how rigidly it is followed in college. According to some, Professors in many universities don’t even remind you of important term dates like test dates but expect you to be aware of them as they are listed on the syllabus. Most teachers, also, wrongly testify of how rigidly professors stick to the set syllabus and curriculum schedule.

In most cases, however, this is not true. Despite your teachers best efforts to convince you otherwise, syllabi aren’t set in stone. Just as your school teachers did, professors also get suddenly ill, fall behind or make adjustments to the curriculum. Some are more rigid than others of course and try to stick to the set schedule by all means but there is always a little room and flexibility to cater for any unforeseen eventuality.

#3. Your Deadline Extension Requests are Futile

We have all been faced with an unforeseen circumstance that forced us to extend a deadline. Unexpected illnesses, delayed travel schedules and family emergencies are just a few of these circumstances.

Remember that one time you asked your high school teacher with such a request. Yes she agreed to it – most teachers are fair and generous with such extensions by the way – but not without some words of wisdom. Words on how your college professors will grant you no such requests but simply give you a failing grade.

This is, nevertheless, not true! Although each professor is different, they are all just as human as the rest of us. Accordingly, many will consider such a request and grant it if it has merit.

Be advised, however, not to put off your assignments until the very last minute expecting to be granted an extension. It will be met with contempt and the consequences shall be a failed class.

It is true, though, that a new challenge awaits you once you join college. The only wrong move you can possibly make is to back away because you have heard a few horrendous stories about campus life. Yes, college will be different but you should find excitement in figuring out just how much and exploring all the new experiences.

So, put on a smile and let’s do this. Also, remember to share the above revelations with all your friends. They will surely thank you for easing some of their nerves and shedding light to some of these myths.

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