When you first enter college, you are exuding anxiousness and excitement. You’ll be meeting so many new people, exploring so many facets of life that you didn’t know existed, learning complex subjects, and expanding your worldview. Most of us get to know about the things people do in college through movies and TV shows. But are colleges like how movies portray them to be? Not quite! Read on to find out!
Here are 9 things that movies mislead us about College.
1. College is all About Fun
Sure, you have a lot of fun in college because you are old enough to do things you couldn’t do in school. However, you don’t get to do whatever you want. Colleges have stricter rules about what you can or can do (of course, nobody follows them). In college, instead of detention, you may get expelled for breaking those rules.
Also, did you forget that YOU NEED TO STUDY!? When you enter college, you are overwhelmed with studies, projects, co-curricular activities, debates, quizzes, and innumerable other things. You don’t even have time to breathe. You’ll probably end up sleeping in the little time you have left.
2. You can do anything you want in Hostels and Dormitories
Whoever said you could do whatever you want in the hostel, THEY WERE WRONG!
You can’t bring in whoever you want. You can’t bring in whatever you want, and you can’t play music too loud. In addition, you can’t even dance around in your pj’s ( you could try to do that, but you’ll need to explain to the hostel warden what you were trying to do, jumping in your jammies at 2 am).
Your warden will be alright with you dancing, but you still can’t be making too much noise, mostly because others (*coughs* the class nerds) will be studying, and they would put in a noise complaint to the hostel authorities.
There are so many movies with guys and girls hanging out in the hostels. There is always a guard near the gates that keeps an account of everyone entering the premises. But what happens is that there are always two separate hostels miles apart, and neither can enter each other’s hostels.
Also, you can’t even bring in anyone you want into the campus. You’ll have to face the “third degree” from the guards first, and if you manage to get past that, chances are the visiting hours will be over before you can even do something.
3. Hostels are Better than your Home
Your parents aren’t there to monitor everything you do, so you are more accessible. But that also means that you have to do a lot more work. You’ll be doing your laundry and cleaning your room; you’ll have to get your food.
You’ll suddenly be thrust with so many responsibilities that you’ll end up whining to your parents about how much you miss them and how much more you appreciate them now.
The shift is usually complicated, from having everything done for others to do it yourself. But hey! It would help if you grew up sometime. College is a great place to start. Everyone else is also as clueless as you are.
4. Your Roommate will be your Best Friend
If this does happen, you are probably the luckiest person in your dorm. You don’t get to pick your roommate, at least not in the first year of college. Most of the time, you’ll have a difference of opinion with your ‘roomie,’ and you will have to adjust or deal with it because fighting it out will worsen. It would help if you still lived with them.
Nobody usually hits it off the moment they meet. It isn’t that bad either, and you’ll be a couple of strangers put together in a room, at least for the first few weeks. After that, you get to know them better and learn to live with each other.
However, if your roommate is someone completely different from you, good luck!
5. You can Go on Trips Anytime You Want
Again, you can’t. Most colleges have a requirement of at least 75% mandatory attendance. Feel free to miss classes, but you’ll repeat the same year once more. And if you stay in the dorm, you’ll have to give reasons why you want to go out and how long you’ll be gone.
And if the college admin sees that you’ll be gone for long, they’ll probably call your parents to ask why you will be missing classes. Also, you don’t have an unlimited reserve of money. You still don’t earn. Those foreign trips are just something movie stars can take. Besides, even if you are the lucky one who gets to go on trips very often, you’ll be worried about college while on the trip.
6. There are Always Groups, and You Need to Be a Part of One to Survive
Okay, there are always groups, but you don’t necessarily need to be a part of one to have a good college experience. Even in the groups, you are in, you’ll probably be close to only a couple of people.
In fact, with the number of things going on in college, it is hard to keep up with everyone, and you’ll lose a lot of sleep.
You can always hang out with your group, but eventually, you will need to make time for yourself. Social college life is overrated anyway. It’s a scam. Not everybody is partying all the time.
7. College is Filled with Good-looking People Who are Always Dressed up Well
Sure, there are many good-looking people in college, but only as many as anywhere else. And about dressing up? Only for the first month probably, you would prefer to walk into college in your nightdress.
You’ll be worried about looking decent only in the first month because you try to make an excellent impression. After you’re over it, it’s time to be your true self. And that’s the best thing about college too…No uniforms! You can wear anything you want. However, there is still a dress code you need to abide by. No uniforms. That’s good enough.
8. You can Bring Fancy Bikes and Cars to College
Even though colleges have no rules against this, you hardly ever find a parking spot, and navigating through that horrible traffic every morning is not the kind of start anybody wants to their day. And if you do bring a ‘fine’ car, you can’t possibly stay calm in class because you will be in constant worry of whether someone stole your car or not. There is also a chance of someone who isn’t particularly fond of you doing something to it. And yeah, it’s India. There is no way to ride a fancy car without getting stuck in a pothole or getting to college without being stopped by a cop.
You’ll end up running around for everyone else. And if you have an expensive car, you’ll have a lot of friends too (*coughs* not the kind you want) asking you to take them places they want to go. And in one day, you go from college student to a chauffeur.
9. College Dorms are Huge
Most colleges have small (to be read as tiny, minuscule). There are at least 500 more students that need a place to live apart from you. So obviously, you’ll get a nanoscopic room that will barely fit all your things. It’s a college, not a hotel.
And if you are sharing your room with someone else, then it will be tough to walk around without bumping into each other. If anything, the most oversized dorm rooms are barely as big as prison cells. You can still invite all your friends over and check how many can fit in one room.
Despite all this, the college will still be the best thing for you. You’ll have loads of fun, meet amazing new people, explore so many new things and learn lots of things. After all, it is not about what the college can give you, but what you can do in college that you can’t do anywhere else.