College Myths: Fact or Fiction?

We’ve all heard a lot of myths and rumors about college… But which ones are really true and which ones would it serve us better to ignore? Here’s my list of facts and fakes about college!

FACT: Every assignment matters.

I think a lot of students come into college with the idea that the only things that really matter are big papers, the midterm, and the final. Actually, there are tons of chances to earn a good grade in your classes and everything you do counts! I personally view this as a really awesome thing. Just in case you don’t do well on a big assignment, you still have many chances to earn a good grade with other homework!

FAKE: Everyone comes in to their first semester knowing exactly what they want to major in.

I have so many friends that came in to school undecided and I know plenty of sophomores who still have not declared a major. It’s okay. Everything works out as it should. Choosing a major isn’t something to stress about right away!

FACT: Paying for college is actually possible. Seriously.

Hope does a great job with their financial aid. You can also qualify for grants and loans through the FAFSA, and some people get more scholarships from other sources like their high school or organizations like the Elks Club!

FAKE: You won’t make friends if you don’t live on campus.

I know several people who commute to school, and they all have incredible friends even though they didn’t meet solely because of where they live. You can still get the full college experience even if you’re still living at home!

FACT: Living in a dorm can actually be awesome.

With that being said, I love living in Dykstra. The girls in my cluster are truly some of my best friends. Wherever you decide to live, you are going to form incredible, lasting friendships at school!

FAKE: You won’t know your professors personally.

All my professors know me by name and know several things about me. I have even had dinner at some of their homes, which I think is so awesome. The professors at Hope truly take an interest in their students’ lives, which is such a cool aspect of the environment here!

FACT: You will meet incredible people.

I have met such amazing people in so many different ways! Hope is truly a great place filled with outstanding people and opportunities. From faculty and staff to upperclassmen and people your own age, there are so many awesome people at Hope to build relationships with!

Published by Kathryn Krieger

I'm a Hope junior from Princeton, Illinois, majoring in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness with a music minor. I am a follower of Christ and I am involved in Chapel Worship Team at Hope. Previously, I have been involved in Chapel Choir, Black River WyldLife, Res Life, Dance Marathon, a small women's Bible study, College Chorus, Women's Chamber Choir, and Collegium Musicum. I also currently help lead music at Pillar Church! I also love pork chop sandwiches, music of all kinds, The Office, and my wonderful friends and family! Contact me at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, @kathrynekrieger on Instagram, or @hopekathryn17 on Twitter!

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