Myths and Realities of the First Uni Year


For instance, the Thinkswap is a popular Australian student community platform where fellow students share their notes and advice with others. You can join and contribute to the community by sharing your personal notes. Thus, you shouldn’t just disregard the Internet, but rather browse through it to find similar sites and platforms. Of course, you need to be responsible and know when it’s studying time and when you can relax over your favourite series.

Myth no. 4: You don’t have to take up extracurricular activities now

Extracurricular activities and side projects can be a major advantage for your future employment opportunities. And while it is true that you can get involved in student organisations later, it will be much more useful to join in your freshmen year. This will enable you to improve yourself, take on higher positions and even become one of the leaders over the course of time. It will also allow you to find out whether that’s what you want and even change your interests over the years.

Myth no. 5: There’s no going back

You’ve been studying for your entrance exam, passed it and enrolled into the college you’ve always wanted. However, after a few months you’ve realised that it doesn’t really suit you, but there’s no going back. This is completely false! In fact, a surprising number of students realise that they want to study some other area or transfer to a different college.

If the programme or university you’ve chosen doesn’t suit you, don’t be afraid to change your mind. It’s better to make the change now than spend the rest of your life doing something you don’t like.

College experience is truly enriching and life-changing, but often students don’t have the real image of it. It’s important not to let these myths misguide you because they can affect your success and even make you feel disappointed. Finally, keep in mind that the freshman year is often the toughest one because you need to deal with numerous changes and challenges.


Special thanks to Lana Hawkins for providing us with this article. Lana is an architecture student and a crafty girl from Sydney, Australia. She loves writing in her free time, as well as reading about sustainable architecture.