Don’t let these college myths block your path to the future
If you’re a college-bound senior, you’ve certainly encountered more than your fair share of college myths by now. But it’s crucial to do your research, and learn to separate myth from reality — because if you take the myths too seriously, you may impede your own efforts to succeed.
So in this exciting episode, we’ll take a look at three common myths about college that many people fall for.
Myth #1: You have to ace the standardized tests to get into college.
While your scores on the ACT and/or SAT are undeniably important, they aren’t everything. When college admissions personnel review your application, they tend to be more interested in your high school career in general.
College prep courses will impress, as will accelerated learning programs. This will show them you’re not afraid to challenge yourself, and that you’ll be better able to handle the rigors of post-secondary education — which may provide an edge when aiming for more selective schools.
Myth #2: You need to know your major before you start college.
Some folks will tell you that you absolutely have to plan out your college career as early as possible, so you can finish within your allotted four years. Some might even suggest that if you haven’t picked a college major by the time you’re a junior in high school, you’re a slacker who won’t ever amount to much.
Nonsense. At the undergraduate level, college is designed as a place to explore your options before you make a final decision. Most degree plans are loose enough that you can wait until your sophomore year to declare a major, and even then you haven’t irrevocably locked yourself into anything.
You may well discover your final major while you’re taking a class you didn’t know if you’d like or not. It happens all the time.
Myth #3: College will still be there in a few years.
Well, yes — physically, that’s probably true. It’s not like some Borg cube is going to swoop down and scoop up your favorite university anytime soon.
However, where will you be if you decide to take a few years off from school? Having experienced this personally, Your Humble Writer can tell you that you’ll probably be too well entrenched in your new life to want to go live as an impoverished student for years and years.
This is especially true if you step away from graduate school for a while, and start accumulating not only a decent paycheck, but also bills that demand to be paid. So go to school while you’re still primed to do so.
Bottom line: don’t let any of these college myths get in the way of your future!