January is an extremely important time for high school students because applications for Ontario Universities are due and the stressful waiting period beings! I realized that there are a ton of myths that high school students are often told that could make the transition into university a struggle; however, fear not because I am here to crush any myth that could cause you any more stress while you await your acceptances to Brock!
- You have to know 100% what you want to do with your life before you start in September.
- The wonderful thing about university is that a lot of people are in the same boat and don’t have everything all figured out as of yet. Don’t let that discourage you because you have plenty of time to find out what you like and what you don’t before you finish your first year. You can switch as many times as you’d like! Just keep in mind the deadlines so you don’t face academic penalties!
- Scholarships are only offered to students with amazing grades.
- Scholarships are extremely unique and though a large amount have certain grade requirements, there are tons that don’t require you to write more than an essay and have a recommendation to be considered! Grades are important but they aren’t everything!
- You have to be extremely wealthy to go to University.
- There are endless ways that make it possible for students to finance their education. Summer jobs, student loans, and scholarships have made it possible for millions of students to follow their dreams and you are no different!
- You are known by your student number.
- This one is special because though it is a little bit true, it’s also a myth. On assignments and exams, you are required to write your student number because it is easier for your instructors to mark in a class of 350 people; however, getting to know your instructor through office hours and going to classes are helpful ways to ensure that you are more than your student number.
- You have to fend for yourself to survive in University.
- You have to be studying to be a Doctor, Lawyer or Business Executive to get a job.
- While each of those careers are desirable and such, they aren’t the only careers that exist in the world. University is meant to cater to your needs and desires! Tip: If you don’t know where to begin, meet with your academic adviser and they will get you going in the right direction!
- University is all theory and no practice.
- While a lot of your time at Brock will be spent in lecture halls, there is still plenty of ways that students can get a hands on experience. For example, a co op placement not only provides you with hands on experience, but allows you to start networking with individuals in a field of your choice! Similarly, taking a semester abroad and learning else where is a great way to gain hands on experiences! You can learn more about studying abroad here!
- You can say good-bye to your social life once University begins.
- One word. BALANCE! It is extremely important to have a balance life because being too focused on one area can have negative effects. If you party too much, your grades suffer. If you spend all your time studying, you’ll tire yourself out. Learn how to have a healthy balance between the two, but most importantly, know how to prioritize.
These are the top myths that I heard about university, got any that are better? Leave them below! Congrats to all the baby badgers that have already been accepted and hang in there for everyone still waiting! If you are already a badger and you’re reading this, I hope you got a good laugh at these university myths!