It’s the time of year when the leaves change colour, the temperature dips – and another academic year begins. But a lot of things you’d expect from starting college are actually not as they seem. Here’s a dose of reality.
EXPECTATION: “I’m going to read and learn SO much!”
REALITY: You’re going to learn how to speed read entire course reading lists in the two hours before a summer exam.
EXPECTATION: “I’m gonna eat such new and fancy things!”
REALITY: Nope. Noodles.
EXPECTATION: “I’m gonna get really into activities and societies!”
REALITY: You’ll join them all in Freshers’ Week, but kiss goodbye to ever seeing the Knitting Soc again, sunshine. Duvets and DVDs are the order of the day for extra-curricular time.
EXPECTATION: “It’s gonna be so cool having my own place!”
REALITY: You’re going to either live in a shoebox shared with what seems like thirty flatmates.
EXPECTATION: “I’m gonna be so independent!”
REALITY: You’re definitely going to end up bringing a bag of washing back home to Mammy on the bus at least once.
What are some of the reality checks you got when you went to college?