College is not always what it appears on the movies, and news reports often cast an unrealistic view of college life to suit their “Scare to sell” tactics. As a result, many myths have been created around college life. Here are a few of the most common myths and misconceptions, along with why they are so very “very” wrong and untrue.

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1 – Student hazing does not happen anymore

It is illegal in some states and is against the rules in most US colleges, but it still happens. It will not happen to you as part of your attendance, but if you want to join a fraternity or a sorority, then you can expect hazing. Some students are very cruel and many older students use it as an excuse to put younger students through a hard time and bully them.

2 – Christian colleges are stiff and square

Many people think of Ned Flanders on the Simpsons when Christian colleges are mentioned. It is true that attending students tend to be less destructive and there is less misbehavior, but the colleges themselves are not as square or stiff as most people think.

Many students have been living with their religious parents and use their college experience to experiment, party and have the sort of good time they couldn’t when they lived at home. Many topAussiewriters have attended Christian colleges and claim it was the best and most exciting experience of their lives.

3 – Most colleges encourage freethinking

This is untrue of most colleges in the US. Most colleges have a very politically liberal agenda. As a result, republican views or opinions are suppressed with almost Nazi-like anger. Claim that black people are being disrespected by affirmative action, or claim that a terrorist “does” want secular people to die, and you may find your grades drop dramatically.

Many liberal colleges do not expose students to unbiased counter arguments. Most are afraid of giving the republican side of arguments, which is a shame because it means students in liberal colleges are missing out on a valuable part of their education. Students need to hear both sides of an argument if they are to become unbiased freethinkers.

4 – Grading systems are fair and consistent

They differ from college to college and even from professor to professor. They also differ from course to course. For example, it is easier to get a higher pass taking liberal arts qualifications than it is taking science or math qualifications. This is a trend that appears to exist around the world.

5 – If you have not heard of a college then it is not very good

This could not be more true. Some of the US’s most prominent figures, past and present, went to colleges with less than 1000 attendees. Having a qualification from an Ivy League college is always a good thing, but there are a great many smaller and unknown colleges that offer a great education and still carry a lot of weight on your CV. This is especially true if they are subject specific colleges such as engineering colleges, veterinary colleges, etc.

6 – Diversity on campus is better

This is a myth born from a liberal perspective that claims more diversity is better. It may be true on a workforce, or maybe in the military, but it is not always a good thing on campus. What usually happens is that people break up into groups based on race or genetic ethnicity (like in prison). A campus with a lot of diversity can be a very lonely place to study.

7 – Many out-of-class activities will compensate for poor grades

Out-of-class activities such as volunteering can make your CV and your application stand out in a very dramatic way, but only if you easily pass your qualifications. If you try to apply to a college or University with high grades and lots out-of-class activities, it will look as if you breezed through your education and still found time to do other things (which is very good from a college/University admin’s perspective).

If you apply to a college or University with low grades but many out-of-class activities, it looks like you spent more time doing out-of-class activities instead of studying (which is very bad from a college/University admin’s perspective).

8 – More expensive means a better education

This is simply not true. College pricing is based on test scores, but also on faculty size, location and exclusivity. It is quite possible to spend $100,000 on your education and fail or get a bad education.

9 – Students drop out because college is too difficult

The biggest reason students drop out of college is because it isn’t what they thought it would be. Many students think college is more like the American Pie movie, when in fact it is more like “The scent of a woman” movie. Other students drop out because of personal reasons, because they are bullied, or because they decide college simply isn’t for them. Many students do not take a second year because they failed their first due to a lack of proper planning and not getting their work done on time.

10 – Bullying does not exist in college as it does in High School

Bullying is not as common in college because it is usually the underachievers that bully the most. Nevertheless, a lot of students are bullied in college and most suffer in silence because they feel they are too old to go running to professors and teachers. Some colleges have councilors you can go to if you are bullied, but in most cases, you simply have to live with it.