During the first few weeks leading up to my first day of college, I researched everything I could about how to prepare. I read up on the usual things about how incoming freshmen don’t get to have their cars on campus, how it is common to gain 15 pounds, the usual. I thought I was prepared but after almost four years of college courses, I have come to find there are some things that nobody talks about. Here are five things about college that I think any incoming freshman should know.
1. It is impossible to get all of the classes you want. I had this thought when I was first entering college that I would be able to pick and chose what classes I wanted to take at the times I wanted. This doesn’t always happen. After you’ve been in school for awhile, your selection starts to dwindle down. That is when four hours breaks between classes start to come into the picture. This wouldn’t be so bad if I was not a commuter. Also keep in the mind that the smaller the school you go to, the less class options you will have to pick from.
2. Some of your professors will be lame. While most professors are brilliant and teach you wonderful things, some are for lack of a better word, dumb. They could be acting this way simply because they have lost their lackluster for teaching, but it can make for a depressing classroom environment. Make sure to research your professors before class starts to find out what past students think of them. If they have a bad review, you might want to consider switching.
3. You don’t have 100% of your independence if you stay in a dorm. Most dorms are watched over like hawks. I’ve had multiple people complain to me about getting boyfriends kicked out of their dorms early in the night. Safety is important, but this kind of defeats the purpose of living on your own if you ask me. Keep in mind, just because you’re dorming that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. If you want more independence, consider getting an apartment with some friends off campus.
4. Most of the college courses you take have no point to them whatsoever. Many of your college courses will help you learn more about your major. However, there are a few courses here and there that every college student has to take that really don’t make any sense. In order to graduate, I had to take one music history course. I was stuck taking the history of John Lennon. I am a journalism major so I should have been required to take another news writing course but no. Instead, I was stuck dissecting the meanings of Lennon’s lyrics. Enough said.
5. Online classes are hard. Online classes are awesome, I’m not going to deny that. Being able to roll out of bed and “go to class” is a great perk. However, most of them are much harder than regular in school courses. You have to be self-motivated, plan your time wisely and never miss a scheduled quiz in order to pass. If you’re not the self-motivated type, then I wouldn’t sign for an an online class.
Tell me, Lovelies: Was there anything about college that surprised you? What do you think incoming freshman should know?