Facts and Myths about College

A good way to introduce the topic of college is to dispel some of the myths and present accurate facts about it. Tell me some things that you’ve heard about college or what you think college is like?
We can imagine a word cluster on the white board. If we write down all of the students’ responses, we will get some ideas they might have:

Myth:
I can’t afford to go to college.
Fact:
Many private colleges are expensive but public colleges are often very affordable. Attending college is NOT impossible. There are financial aid options available like scholarships, work-study and student loans. Also, going to a community college first and transferring to a university later is always a money-saving option. Also, you can get your degree online, it’s much more cheaper.

Myth:
Only smart people can get scholarships.
Fact:
Scholarships are given for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples: athletics, public/community service, ethnic background, work study, need-based (FAFSA), and merit.

Myth:
College is too hard.
Fact:
College is challenging, but no more challenging than middle school or high school. If you are accepted to college, you can do the work. Juggling your time between studying, hanging out with friends, working and participating in school activities can be tough! College is about learning from your experiences. Sometimes it’s fun and sometimes it’s stressful but, in the end, it all contributes to your growing up. If you feel stuck, you always can find tons of useful information on the web. And don’t be scared of MLA style of writing or where to add an appendix to your work, everything is simple.

Myth:
College doesn’t matter when it comes to getting a good job.
Fact:
Getting a college education can make more job opportunities available to you. Also, college graduates can earn almost twice as much than those who only have a high school education.

Myth:
I can’t go to college because I’m not sure what I want to study.
Fact:
You don’t have to know exactly what you want to study. Talk to your school counselor or take an interest survey to get some ideas. Many students enter college as undeclared majors. You can decide on a major once you start taking classes and exploring subjects that interest you.
Myth:
I can’t go to college because I won’t fit in.
Fact:
Colleges have students from all different backgrounds and, more than likely, you’ll find people who share the same interests as you. Join student clubs and participate in social activities where you can meet new people and build friendships.
Myth:
I can’t go to college because no one in my family did.
Fact:
Many college students are the first ones in their families to attend college. It may be hard at first because it’s up to you to show your family why college is right for you and your future. Just think- you’ll be paving the way for other family members to follow in your footsteps!
Myth:
I can’t go to college because I don’t know where I want to go or how to apply.
Fact:
Visit your school counselor and ask him or her to help you start researching colleges and getting the information you need to apply. Go to college fairs, talk to people who went to college, look up information online, or even write a letter to a college and ask them for information.
Myth:
I have to go far away if I go to college.
Fact:
Some students go away to college, but others stay close to home for a variety of reasons (i.e., to save money, family, etc). You don’t have to move away to go to college and, chances are, there are some great colleges nearby.
Myth:
If I apply to college, I don’t think they will accept me.
Fact:
You never know until you try! If there is a college that you think is a good match for you, apply! And don’t limit yourself to one college, but apply to two or three in case your first choice doesn’t work out.