Four Things That Surprised Me About College

College is Full of Surprises

There are a lot of cliches about college. Even friends, family, and former students can give you false information.

Every school (and people's perceptions of them) are different. And sometimes people just flat out embellish (you know those people). 

Looking back on my time, from freshman to senior year (and that one extra semester), I can definitely say that I was surprised by a few things, and from the conversation I’ve had with other Academbot writers, they were surprised by these things too. So for everybodies sake, let’s put some of those platitudes to bed.

Four Things That Surprised Me About College

  1. It’s not like what parents said: We’ve already written a whole blog on this, but it’s worth writing about again. The “college” your parents experienced isn’t the same one you’ll experience. Teachers don’t really let you skip, parties don’t really pop up in random fields, and it’s not really easy to pick a major. Don’t let parents get your expectations up or stress you out.

  2. You can’t really “skip” class: This isn’t the 1970’s anymore--almost every class you take will have an attendance sheet. It’s lazy grade giving on their part (haha, yeah they’re the lazy ones!) but professors are now obsessed with making you come to every class. Personally I think it’s a little vain (like no one could possibly get a good grade if they miss a precious lecture).  

  3. Every school is not a “party” school: When you hear a school being called a “bar school” that means that you’ll get caught and punished for drinking under age on campus. As a result students will go to the bars instead. These schools aren’t the party schools you’ve heard of, and school security doesn't just “look the other way” at drinking. Be careful and make sure what kind of school you're going to. 

  4. People are super nice: As soon as you get to campus (after loading everything into your room) you'll realize that everyone is there to have a good time. People want to make friends, find something to do, and explore the world they’re going to be living in for the next four years. This adventurous feeling makes everyone happy and friendly, and they're also happy and friendly in order to find friends. Make sure you’re nice back.

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When it comes to deciding which college to go to, probably no other factor matters to students more (on the average) than a school’s US News & World Report ranking.

Ever since the first list of “America’s Top 50 Colleges” was published in 1983, prospective students (and parents) all over the US have turned to the list as an easy way to know what schools were “good” and which ones weren’t so hot.

If you’re in the process of applying to college any time between September and November, you may have encountered the terms “Early Decision” and “Early Action.”

If you’ve done some reading on the subject, you may have also discovered that both are programs offered by colleges and universities that allow you to find out early—sometimes as early as the beginning of December—whether you got in your not.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

Before your project becomes a massacre, here are your best tips for survival.

Cue that spooky-you-know-something-bad-is-about-to-happen music…the professor announces the midterm projects… you have to complete the project…as a group.

Do you know why college's have the best traditions? Its becuase people our age make them up. They're usually a bit rebellious, always absurd, and fun enough to last decades. The ones made up around Halloween are also very strenge and creepy. Awesomely creepy. 

 

“Healy Howl” and The Exorcist Screening, Georgetown University

Many college campuses date back a hundred or more years. They've been home to thousands of students, and if there's anything we've learned about the typical ghost, it's that they like to haunt their old homes.

This may not seem freaky to you, probably because you don't believe in ghosts, but reports show that more than a few campuses feature haunted dorms, some with well-documented histories and decades of witnesses to a host of spooky, unexplained phenomenon. Here are some of the spookiest.

 

If the monster mash is your jam - these schools might just be your favorite locations for Halloween.

These schools have the Halloween weekend down to an art. These are the schools that brag the best costumes, the scariest haunted libraries, pumpkin activities, and haunted hay rides.

Her Campus presents a list of the top 10 celebrations and the schools that love to hear your frightened shrieks.   

Read the fine print - discover the textbook prices that work for your class and your budget!

Made of money is not the first thing you think of when you picture a college student, quite the opposite. Textbooks can easily put a dent in your piggybank before the semester even starts. First and foremost, do your research. Spend time checking prices because nine times out of ten - the first place you look won't be the best price you could get.

Being a college student has more benefits than just the degree!

As you may know being a college student provides a ton of discounts: restaurants, gym memberships, and many other venues if you just ask or flash that ID.

Planning to bike to class?

"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles M. Schulz

Biking cigarette online usa is great for your health and great for the environment. Head to any college campus and you'll probably see several students cycling between buildings like bees buzzing to and from a hive.

Why trudge through snow to get to class when sunshine could be around the corner?

Halloween decorations are going up, leaves are changing colors, and frost is creeping in on your car's morning windshield. We're in the midst of fall, but we all know what comes all too soon after that Halloween party -- cold and (depending on your geographic location) miserable winter. 

Check out these shiny new majors that took a few years to download.

As business environments evolve and technology advances, the skills and knowledge of the world's brightest must adapt as well. Hopefully, you're not reading this article on an old 1999 AOL dial up internet connection.

The path of the future, even just in the past 10 years, has dictated what we needed to know to survive and thrive in the real world. Colleges often lead the way in making sure the next generations are ready for just that.

Happy and excited to rise and shine for an 8am lecture?….yeah, me neither.

We have been getting up for school all our lives, but when we go to college, free will is given to us to dictate our own bed times -very quickly, sleep patterns can become (quite) different.

If you’re a fan of shows like Paranormal State, a show about students from the Penn State Paranormal Research Society who spend their spare time seeking out ghosts, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to go to college to learn how to be a ghost hunter.

Not all college majors are created equally.

"What you make depends a lot on what you take." -Anthony Carnevale

Love the idea of being your own boss but not sure about the rules?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Bransen. What do all of these names have in common?

  1. They all have earned a ton of money and lived in personal success.
  2. None of them have a college degree.

Success stories like these have caused budding entrepreneurs to question if they even need to attend college. If you're going to be working for yourself, what difference does having a degree make? 

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