6. Majors Mean Everything
This should probably be higher but I’m sure none of you dudes are reading this for academic advice so I’ll keep it brief — your major has little to do with your life as a real person. Yes, if you’re getting into nuclear engineering, you should probably tailor your studies to get into that career. However, for someone who doesn’t have an exact plan — and trust me, there are plenty of these — a degree in let’s say English could result in a job in any number of jobs ranging from pool lifeguard to astronaut.
The point here is that you shouldn’t base every decision in college off your major. It’s a title and it goes away the minute you’re handed your degree.
7. Four Year Routine
There’s an insane amount of success stories of people who went to community college and got a two-year degree and went on to make bank; and there’s an even larger amount of people who took more than four years to get their undergraduate degree and went on to find fortune after they finally decided to put college behind them. The myth that everyone should go to a four-year school and finish in four years is the trashiest stereotype about college because it reduces all the different personalities and different minds into one conformist blender.
Speaking from someone who graduated ahead of time, it does not matter when you graduate. The successes and failures of the real world will be waiting for you without any regard to time. In the words of the Big Lebowski, life is all about strikes and gutters; it’s the inevitable way of the world.
8. Sorority Girls are Easy
In the sense of putting out, this myth is completely true so I could see why someone would want this to be taken off the list because it's not deceiving or a falsehood. However, there are a lot of other factors that go into breaking down the word “easy” that justify why this is actually in fact a myth.
Are sorority girls easy to put up with for an extended time? Hell no. Would you say they are easy to talk to? I’d prefer conversing with an orange. Do they have any sense of individuality that makes them easier to relate to? Conformity rules and the result is a group of robots that are programmed to act, talk and think like a group of lemmings.
Trust me, there’s nothing easy about landing a sorority chick. Even if you’re bringing her home to give her the old in and out, there’s still a lot of hard work that has to be put in beforehand.
9. It Gets Better as You Get Older
This is a myth because the innocence of freshman year certainly trumps the hardened shell of experience that one carries with them all of senior year. The difference is really in weight. The younger you are, the less baggage you have and the less to bog you down. You can move around freely. Try what you want to try. Fuck who you want to fuck. Do what you want to do.
On the flip side of that coin, the older you get, the more baggage you carry and the less freedom you have. At bars and parties, you have to play the role of a politician and make sure you don’t piss off the girl you slept with because she might tell the girl your now hitting on some game-ending news. Furthermore, you can’t do whatever the hell you want because there are harsher repercussions if you get in trouble. And most of all, as you get older in college, your focus changes from being to an innocent partygoer who can chat to anyone at anytime about anything to an aloof dickhead who’s primary concern is about what his career is going to look like.
10. America the Beautiful
I hate to use this on the list because there’s nothing I hate more than being unpatriotic. However, the reality of the situation makes this unavoidable —American colleges are worse than international schools. And they’re a lot more expensive too. America currently ranks 14th in the world in higher education and that appears to be only getting worse as foreign competition continues to rise. So the myth that America is the Mecca of education, especially higher education, is one grand illusion.
The lesson here is simple: if you can study abroad for a semester or two or, hell, four, then do it. Saying that you attended the London School of Economics for a year is a bigger deal than saying you went to the University of Pittsburgh. (I mean no offense to those Pitt grads out there, I swear).