Kaitlin Bain is a junior at Texas Tech University studying Journalism, Political Science and Arabic. She has interned with My Beautiful Life and The Marketing Zen Group as well as works as the news editor at The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech’s student-produced newspaper. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading books and hanging out with her friends and sorority sisters.
So you are all moved in and settling into the routine of classes. Just like a mid-life crisis, the worry begins to set in about all the myths people warned you about before moving in: long distance relationships, losing your high school friends. They start to come to the forefront of your mind and you worry about how to fix them. While the advisors may be speaking the truth about the turmoil your high school relationship may face, here are the top 5 college myths you should not spend your time and energy stressing over.
- Freshman 15
By saying this, it does not mean the freshman 15 does not exist, it can. However, just like at home, you can take control of what you eat and how much you exercise. Find a healthy food option on campus; buy some fruit at the grocery store instead of chips and macaroni and cheese. Sure junk food is cheaper, but what is not cheaper is a gym membership years down the line because you did not take care of yourself in college. Make time to spend 20 or 30 minutes jogging with a friend; take a work out class at your university’s recreation center; even just walk to class instead of driving or riding the bus. By making simple changes in your day-to-day routine to keep your calorie count low, you will not find yourself home next June not able to fit into your swimsuit.
- Not finding friends
Everyone is looking for friends when they move into college. Sure you are three weeks in, so is everyone else. You are finally settling into your classes and now is the perfect time to make friends. Talk to the person who sits next to you in biology; make time to go to a free event your university is hosting. The fact of the matter is you are not the only one feeling awkward without friends. All you need to do is take a baby step out of your comfort zone and you will find one standing there waiting.
- Being too busy
College is all about making mistakes. You are learning new things both from books, as well as the new experiences you are having. You cannot learn new things if you are cooped up in your dorm room studying all the time. Join a club, or two, or even three. Get out there when the cute boy in your statistics class asks you to go get coffee with him. You may end up pulling a couple all-nighters studying for tests, but this way, you are getting the full experience and learning both about your major and yourself.
- Being broke
Everyone has heard someone use being a “poor college student” as an excuse. It is almost as easy to avoid being broke as it is to utter that excuse. First, find an on-campus job. On-campus jobs tend to work with your class schedule more, do not require a car to get to, and you are likely to make new friends while you are there. Then, find out what your town has to offer that is free. Are there college nights? Does your school do a movie day every week? Do not be afraid to hang out at free events, they are fun too and will conserve a pretty penny for when your favorite band does come to town.
- Picking a major
Freshmen cannot sign a lease without a guarantor or rent a car alone but they are expected to pick what they want to do with the rest of their life. First off, do not stress. Most schools have at least two years of basics lined up for you to take before you even have to pick your major. Do not be afraid to take intro to engineering or ballet 101 in addition to those basic classes. Taking one or two random classes will help you to see just what you would be excited about doing every day and what you do not want to get up and go to class for. Your major will often fall into your lap when you least expect it. Until then take classes, make friends and work out every once in a while.
College is about learning, not only from the book but also about your self. Take the time to really learn. Love yourself, take care of yourself, and most of all, build friendships and relationships that you will be happy to tell your kids about years down the line. Do not stress too much about the myths everyone talks about, chances are, if you take a deep breath, you will be fine. If not, just add another notch to your belt because you just got smarter.