Get An Education! 8 Big Myths About High Education

In today’s society, a college education is a must if you wish to advance in your career. Right or wrong, your position and pay can depend on having that college degree. Knowing the ins and outs of attending college can help young people better prepare for their college experience. There are many misconceptions about the cost, academic training and social aspects of college life that students should be aware of before committing to a college education. By exposing these 8 college myths, students and parents can get a more realistic picture of what to expect from their university experience.

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MYTH: College scholarships and aid only go to academic “geniuses” or sports stars.

Not all scholarships are awarded according to academic or athletic performance. Some colleges award scholarships in recognition for other forms of achievement such as excellent writing skills or community service. Many institutions offer aid according to financial need, ethnic background or even gender. By exploring their options, students can find ways to receive the financial assistance they need.

MYTH: Students should attend the most prestigious college they can afford.
Rather than search for a prestigious university to attend, students should seek the school that best suits their academic and personal needs. Colleges differ in size, academic training, teaching styles, philosophy, financial assistance and social aspects. It’s important students find a school they feel comfortable with that offers the quality education they seek. By choosing a college solely on its prestigious reputation, students could miss out on having the kind of college experience that best suits their individual need.
MYTH: Adjusting to college life is easy and students should expect to have the time of their lives.

Young people should be realistic in their expectations of college life, especially those leaving home for the first time. Students will face many new challenges in college to include new location, schedule, academic responsibilities, financial demands and social obligations. By going slow, students are more likely to adjust easier to college life and have a more enjoyable college experience.

MYTH: Upon graduation, students will have a blueprint of their future lives.
College enables students to explore a wide variety of options for establishing their future career. Many students, however, are still searching for their niche upon graduation. Students should feel free to experiment with various career options upon graduating until they find what they’re looking for. This takes the pressure off of them to choose a career immediately upon completing their degree.
MYTH: Only kids from wealthy families can afford a college education.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Approximately 20% of college enrollees ages 18-24 are from families earning less than $25,000 annually. With state, federal and private aid, many low-income students can attend the college of their choice. Although student loans need to eventually be repaid, scholarships and grants offer students free financial aid to cover tuition, textbooks, room and board and other college fees without accumulating large debts to repay upon graduation.

MYTH: Community colleges are only for people interested in a vocational/technical career.

Many community colleges offer a curriculum that enable students to transfer their credits to a 4-year institution upon completion. These credits can then be used toward a degree program in the career of their choice. As community colleges are generally less expensive, students who take this route can save substantially on their degree.

MYTH: College social life revolves around joining a fraternity or sorority.
Not everyone is cut out to join a fraternity or sorority. Students can enjoy an active social life without being part of the fraternity/sorority scene. College offers ample opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and partake of those social activities that students enjoy most.
MYTH: There’s no way to escape paying exorbitant textbook prices.

New college textbooks can be extremely expensive. Smart students will avoid paying such high costs by investing in used books, shopping online, sharing costs with a fellow student or borrowing from the university library. In this way, students can save finances to cover other college needs.