4 Ways Pop Culture Lied to you about College

3 Sep

Before coming to college, you may have seen TV shows and movies that gave you a certain expectation of what your experience would be like. Those depictions may have gotten you excited for freshman year, or terrified you. After a few weeks on campus, you may be noticing ways media just got it flat out wrong. Here are a few examples of how I’ve found popular media didn’t accurately portray college life.

  1. Residence halls look like mini-houses
    IMG_0684aExpectation: If you’ve seen Gilmore Girls, you know Rory’s residence hall basically looked like a miniature home. Every four girls having two large bedrooms and a living room sounds like a great deal!

    Reality: No matter where you go to school, it is likely your residence hall room is going to feel a little cramped. Trying to fit all of your belongings is a little difficult, not to mention entertaining a bunch of friends. 
  2. Wearing heels and formal clothing constantly is feasible and comfortable
    15894d4b4a3d9c8d41d8cbb3f42568f7--bruiser-woods-elle-woodsExpectation: In Legally Blonde, Elle Woods has no problem walking around campus in nice clothes and heels. Not to mention she brings Bruiser with her everywhere.

    Reality: If you try to wear wedges and heels to class all day, your feet will be hurting from trekking across campus. You can make it work, but it is not going to be a fun time. Living in Arizona means any and all nice clothing are going to get sweaty in no time. Bring a change of clothes and shoes for presentation days! 
  3. All random roommate situations are awkward
    giphyExpectation: In Pitch Perfect, Beca and Kimmy Jin don’t know each other at all. Beca tries to initiate a friendship, but Kimmy Jin pretty much wants nothing to do with Beca.

    Reality: Sometimes random roommates never talk and just somewhat coexist. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Last year, I had a random roommate and over time and many meals together we became closer. Today, she is one of my best friends! 
  4. Parties are the only thing to do on campus
    TowniesExpectation: In many movies like Neighbors, it seems like the only social thing to do after 5PM is going to parties.

    Reality: There are literally so many clubs and events going on every day on campus. You have so many options to have fun besides partying! Get involved in clubs, and stop by events- not only can you make new friends, but there usually will be free food too.

If your expectations aren’t quite matching up with the reality of your college experience, don’t be disappointed. Take life one day at a time and enjoy each moment. College will be over before you know it, so make these yours your own.


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