College life: Expectation Vs Reality
The beginning of college life comes with immense expectations and anticipations. It's the one thing that almost every high school student looks forward too. Not to mention the numerous efforts that we all put in to get admitted into our dream colleges. But what's so exciting and enchanting about college life that has every high school student looking forward to it? Well, for starters thanks to all the things that they watch on television and internet students develop very high and ideal hopes about life in college. Parties, tons of freedom, all-nighters with friends, and the chance of doing whatever it is that you like that's what their perception of college life is. But sadly, it's all true only for as long as the first few days of college. Sure, your time in college is going be one of the best phases of your life but it ain't all gonna be a cake-walk. Thus, here are some reality checks on the high expectations you might have developed about life in college. Not to discourage you, but better to go prepared than have the reality hit you unexpected, right?
Expectation: Before starting college, life there seems to be revolving around nothing but friends, party invitations, late night parties, staying out for as long as you like without a care in the world. We all imagine ourselves as nothing less than the Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in the 'Student of the Year,' do we?
Reality Check: The only parties that you'll go to, will be the after-hours hostel parties wherein you'd sneak in your friend's room and celebrate with hushed voices fearing the wrath of the warden if caught. And as far as the invitations are concerned the only invites that you'll get are from your textbooks and classroom notes to memorize them, that's unless you want to fail or be held back that semester.
Exploring the city
Expectation: With the newly found freedom also comes the undeniable urge to explore every corner of the city from the famous monuments to visiting the best cafes with your friends. Every day seems like it would be a fun day, for who cares about classes, college means I would be a free bird. And even professors in college aren't as pestering as the teachers back in high school.
Reality Check: It's true that professors in college are not as pestering as your teachers back in high school. But the sad truth is, unlike in the high school where your teachers ran after you in college you'd be the one running after them. Like it or not, most of the times it would be about attendance issues for if you don't meet the minimum attendance criteria then you had no chance of sitting for exams. So, sure, you will have your chance at exploring the city but it just won't be an everyday scenario.
Expectation: No more uniforms, finally the freedom to wear whatever is it that I like to college. Who doesn't dream of dressing up every day in the best of their outfits and make a new style statement every day? No one to call you out for those long hairs (for boys) or funky nail arts (for girls) is pretty awesome, isn't it?
Reality Check: It might not sound as cool or awesome as when you got to do it on an everyday basis. Putting together clothes and matching accessories will seem like a herculean task when you'd have to do that on daily basis. A month at max and then you'd automatically revert back to plain t-shirts and casual pants.
Expectation: If you are one of the popular kids in high school you'll hold the hopes of being the college superstar too. And why shouldn't you after all, you have got all the qualities good at academics, great at sports, the school's poster student.
Reality Check: But the reality check in college might come as quite a hard blow for you. You see, in college, there are students from across the country. All of whom are mostly as talented as you and some even more. If you want to become the college superstar you might have to put in quite a lot more of hard work as compared to what you did back in school.
Staying away from the parents
Expectation: One of the priorities and the best perks of college life, right? Life away from parents seems like so cool, free, interesting and most of all interruption free. College seems like finally a chance at being the master of your own will, doesn't it?
Reality Check: The truth is, hostel life might not be as exciting as you initially thought it to be. Boring mess food, irritating roommates, homesickness they'd all make you miss home more than you know. Nothing would bring a bigger smile on your face than the thought of holidays and a chance at spending some time with family.
Expectation: College life is going to be more energetic and exciting than high school ever was. You'd cruise through the life at college with ease and be an all-rounder that you've always wanted to be.
Reality Check: That's not quite true as most of your time would be spent in front of a laptop, trying to study. You will find yourself procrastinating more than you actually did in high school.
Expectation: One of the biggest perks of going to college would be no more homework. Who wants to spend the rest of the day completing college work after spending so many hours at lectures during the day?
Reality Check: You'll be studying a lot harder and for much longer compared to your days back in school. For there might even be days when you'd be stuck in the library like 3 in the night preparing an essay that is due at 8 AM sharp in the morning.
To Sum it up,
College might not be as much fun as you think to be, but you sure will have your own loads of fun. There will be difficult times but they will prepare you for the life ahead. It might be tough at first but as you settle in things will become easier and you'll find your way around a lot of these initial difficulties. It's true the college days are the best time of the life, so cherish them and take these hurdles as valuable learning experiences in life.
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