I remember in High school where teachers and rumour’s spread around really freaked me out of what to expect from university. Plus, if you’re the first one to go to university out of any of your siblings then it can be a little scary and intimidating, but no worries… it’s almost nothing like what you heard!
Myth 1: The professor’s switch power point slides too fast and you’ll never catch what is written on them. Not true: almost every single professor uploads ALL of the lecture slides online right after the lecture. All you need to do is focus on what the professor is saying, and write or type down any important points they make. But first and foremost: concentrate and listen to what they have to say.
Myth 2: There are cliques and secret societies with only popular people allowed. This is further from the truth. Sure there might be exclusive clubs or invitation only events but everyone can join if you know how to look in the right places. Remember, almost everyone is in the same boat as you are and just looking to make friends. Also: nobody cares about how popular you were in high school, so just be yourself and put yourself out there!
Myth 3: It gets much harder, especially essay writing. Professors do help you along the way if you only ask. Personally, university for me is where I learned how to actually write a decent essay. Ryerson offers almost too many workshops on writing, coming up with a thesis, introduction, etc. It’s actually quite difficult not to learn how to write a good essay, unless you just don’t put in any work.
Myth 4: You won’t get any sleep. FALSE: I get anywhere from 8-10 hours of sleep a night on a daily basis. The only time I stay up until 4 in the morning is when I procrastinate and then rush to finish last minute projects. It’s all about time management people! Professors tell you 2-4 months in advance of when there is an essay or assignment due so it’s up to you to fit the time into your schedule to make it happen.
Myth 5: Your life depends on how high your marks are in University. False. Unless you’re trying to get into Medical, Masters, or Law school then yes, grades do count significantly. However, most importantly is the the networking skills in university and the influential people you are exposed to that can make a huge difference, whether it’d landing a summer job in a big firm to having an amazing job opportunity waiting for you after University. Future lawyers: how are you going to get into law school without good references and extracurricular activities? This was probably the biggest eye opener for me.