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Seven college myths busted

College is so much harder than high school, believe me! Yes, transitioning from one setting to another can be difficult. However, it is not always as difficult as others make it seem. Here are some of the biggest college myths debunked by UIS freshmen.

College is so much harder than high school.

It is not that college is harder than high school. It is that college is a new experience in comparison to high school. The amount of work presented to you may be a little bit more than you are used to, but it is not completely unbearable. If you keep yourself on track and do not allow yourself to fall behind, your first year of college will be just fine.

“You have class for seven hours a day, five days a week in high school. That adds up to about 35 hours of school a week, and you typically have something due in a class each day,” said Luke Mcfarland, freshman computer science major. “In college, the work you do may be a little bit harder, but there is not as much. It is also not as time consuming.”

There is nothing to do in the residence halls.

False, false, false. There is a lot to do within the residence halls. Not only is your dorm a place for you to sleep, do homework, and study, but it is a place for you to meet new people and hang out. The numerous lounges located within the residence halls provide a place for students to congregate with one another. On top of that, dorm rooms provide places for you and your friends to come together to watch movies, play video games, and spend time together.

Everyone will gain the freshmen 15.

This is not necessarily true. The 24/7 access to fast food, vending machine snacks, and fried treats can cause some people to fall to the devious freshmen 15. However, many students actually take advantage of the recreation center (TRAC) on campus and lose weight.

“Yes, the food that we students always have access to is unhealthy, but with the help of the rec center on campus I lost 30 pounds instead of gaining 15,” said Ash Shetty, freshman psychology major.

You have to declare your major right away.

That’s a negative. The first two years are generally composed of the basic general education requirements to graduate. The final two years are where your major courses really come into play. If you enter college unsure of what you want to major in, do not fear. You have time to explore your options and see what you are interested in.

College students are poor, starving individuals.

Lies. You have a meal plan set up for each semester. The UIS campus offers students numerous locations to spend the money on their plan. For example, you could purchase a burger from PAC, Bosco Sticks from The Grille, a pretzel from STARS Lounge, a lemon shake-up from the Grab-N-Go, or a bag of chips from the vending machines. But, be careful how you spend your money. Otherwise, at the end of the semester you will be mooching off friends for food money.

“I spent too much time at the vending machine and not enough at The Grille or PAC. That was my downfall. Be sure to buy food that fills you up instead of what tastes good,” said Zach Chase, freshman communication major.

The class sizes are ridiculously large.

On this campus, no. UIS classes will generally have about 20 students. I say generally because the science courses have a large group lecture, but small lab sections. You would be learning the material with quite a few other students, but you will be applying the material in lab sections that are made up off about 20 individuals.

It is difficult to balance school, work, and extracurricular activities.

Yes, by adding a job and extracurricular activities into your daily routine, you may find yourself staying up later to get all of your course work done. However, it is not impossible. Take it from me; I have been able to balance a job, extracurricular activities, and a boatload of classes. Get yourself a planner to keep due dates, work shifts, and practice times in line. If you do not fall behind in your course work, everything will turn out fine. Besides, if you choose to continue on to graduate school or medical school, being involved in extracurricular activities makes you more well-rounded and desirable.

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