How College Had Changed Since Your Parents Went

Should You Listen to Your Parents College Advice?

For the most part, yes. When it comes to picking a degree or figuring out the finances then your parents can be a huge help.

But there are other things about they don't know a whole lot about, and that's because college has changed so much since they went. 

The basics are the same—find a subject you like and excel at it, enjoy your social life but don’t get carried away, try to get a degree in four years—but some of what they tell you will only get your hopes up or stress you out. Here's what's changed. 

More people, less freedom

This results in basically all of the following changes. Colleges have more of a responsibility to protect their students, and they have much more students to protect. For this reason, things like drinking, what you get to do on campus, and tailgating will be more strongly regulated at most colleges.

You can’t skip class

I remember my dad saying, “remember to go to class. and if you don’t go, always get the notes.” Thanks dad. Unfortunately, you can’t really skip class anymore. Practically every professor at every university has an attendance grade that can be 5% or more. Skipping’s not really a thing anymore. 

It's not as social

School’s cracking down on the college social experience means some schools might not have the continuous social spontaneity that many parents speak fondly of. Also, to be honest, our generation watches a lot more TV and plays more video games. Don't expect a flurry of parties, cookouts and sports games at every school. 

More amenities (stuff to take advantage of)

Most schools have much more money than they used to, and are constantly competing with other schools by building better gyms, newer buildings, sponsoring more school events and getting better equipment. You need to be aware of all that your school has to offer and take advantage where you can.

Admissions is harder

Many parents will put a lot of pressure on you to get into a “good school.” This isn’t all bad, because some schools certainly have better academics, amenities and reputations, but it’s silly old-person thinking to say any one student is “too good” for a school. If you’re going to study biological engineer, you’re going to have rigorous classes wherever you go.

Many parents have failed to realize how much harder admissions is getting—there are more foreign students, out of state students, and students in generalgoing to college period. Getting accepted is harder than it used to be, which means the “average” school aren’t really average anymore.

College Advice College Life What to Expect

Some were music majors, some were architecture majors, some just wanted to play some music. They were all colleges students and they all started world famous bands. 

Are you ready for some football?!

"The only place success comes before work is the dictionary." - Vince Lombardi

Whether you're a die-hard football fan, a Katy Perry fan, or just interested in the commercials, the Super Bowl never disappoints. But aside from all of the other festivities this Sunday, there will be a football game played.

Check out the top colleges to attend when the snow melts and festival season begins!

Spring festivals are looked forward to every year at many colleges--these colleges, put together by HerCampus, are known to go big!

These festivities include, but are not limited to, huge music headliners and line ups, raves, parades, environmentally friendly activities, relays, Olympians and a whole lot of craziness.

Staying healthy is a big commitment – Here are some apps to help keep you moving all year!

Many college students try and fail to keep a consistent workout schedule. Either there isn’t enough time, they don’t have the inspiration or they just don’t know what they’re doing.

Thankfully today’s apps can connect us with coaches and motivators that know just how to get you going.

Welcome back to the spring semester!

"You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream." - Michael Dell

Dreaming of a white college campus?

While lots of college campuses get a little snow, not all of them have to make it a way of life.

At these schools students can expect fresh powder all winter long. With help from AccuWeather.com, we have listed the snowiest college campuses ranked by annual average snowfall. 

Break out your puffy coat and winter boots folks, it's about to get real out there.

College football produces the next generation of stars for the NFL.

"Every step, whether at high school or at college or at the NFL, I had to climb and crawl to get there." - Victor Cruz

Have you ever wondered where NFL players went to college? Unless it's a local all-star, it's hard to keep track of what school these monsterous NFL players started at.

NCAA March Madness is right around the corner! Check out the best places to watch a college basketball game first hand!

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game." - Michael Jordan

College basketball arenas, both big and small, make for some of the best atmospheres in sports. Whether you're cheering from the student section, grooving with the band, or trying to distract the other team's players with signs and costumes - some universities have an arena experience a cut above the rest.

You could regret it. 

When most people think of the PSAT, they think of a practice exam.

It’s just preparation for the SAT, so you’ve got plenty of time before you need to worry about actual test prep, right?

Space, time and power are what’s needed to start a good band. Space can mean bars, basements and fields spotted in and around your college campus. Time refers to the precious uncommitted moments between your class schedule and self-enforced library shut-ins. Power, well, that’s a community of men and women on the verge of enlightenment, clashing together in the same place where J Cole, Girl Talk, and all members of Pink Floyd were when they started making music. We're talking about college. 

So you’re thinking about transferring to another school. Don’t worry, you’re not a weirdo: about 1 out of every three students changes schools before graduation.

Get a degree that keeps you in touch with what you're eating!

Deemed healthy and unhealthy, food is a constant in our day-to-day lives. Many have realized the value of knowing the exact results of what we eat.

There are hoards of information about what kinds of food we should be eating, when we should be eating, and what are portion sizes really? All of these elements can make the information surrounding your three meals a day feel overbearing and frankly, intimidating. This is where nutritionists come in.   

Whether in front of the camera or behind it, broadcast journalism is a major full of excitement and many opportunites.

From local to national, news stations are numerous. Even with social media, such as twitter and facebook, creeping in on breaking news fast, many people find news stations as their credible source of information. 

Bring your pet to school!

 

These colleges will let you bring your furry family to school with you!

If it is one or multiple sports that hold your passion, but not as an athlete, this degree is a great way to make a career out of something you love.

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