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Myths About College

There are a lot of myths about college that have been passed down. Most of them are not true. Here are the top ones that are completely false.

Myth:   Who wants to go to college? It is just the same as high school.

Reality:   College is a lot different that school. You make new friends. You are more independent. You have your own schedule and you are probably living away from home.

Myth:    Only top students with good grades can go to college.

Reality:   Kids that have done well in high school in terms of good grades and high test scores definitely have an advantage. There hard work will make it easier. But college admissions people also take into account other things. They look at your background and maybe some of the life difficulties you had that may have led to lower achievement. Don’t give up before you even try.

Myth:   I can’t go to college because I don’t know what I want to do.

Reality:   Most students entering college don’t know what they want to do. They take classes and explore options. Even those who have a plan picked out sometimes change their major to a completely different field.

Myth:   I can’t afford college. I need to get a job right away after high school.

Reality:   There is a lot of financial help out there if you really want to go. You can get a job with decent pay right out of high school but if you go to college you will have a lot more options with a lot more pay. Don’t let the short term dictate what is best for you in the long term.

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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