Emily: Why you shouldn’t believe these 7 myths about uni
Emily graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) in 2015. While she initially started her study journey in the field of education, Emily followed her passions into the field of events and communication and hopes to build a career in the wedding industry.
Have you ever wondered what university life is really like?
Maybe you’ve heard that it’s a non-stop party, or that it’s completely serious and you won’t have time for the things you enjoy? Well, I’m about to drop the truth like it’s hot. Before starting my studies I’d heard just about every uni myth you could imagine, as well as lots of misleading advice (despite it being passed on with the best of intentions!).
If you’re about to start your uni journey, here are 7 of the biggest myths about uni life and the facts you need to know:
Myth 1: You can only study on-campus.
Answer: Not true. You can thank American movies for this stereotypical idea of what study looks like. The reality is that you can study completely online (off-campus), completely on-campus, or even a mixture of the two (which is awesome if you are juggling work and study). You can study wherever it suits you best and can adjust your study mode throughout your degree if you need/want to.
Myth 2: You can’t change your mind once you’re enrolled in a degree.
Answer: Absolutely not true. It happens more than you think. In fact, you’ll probably notice during your first year of study that many of your peers chop and change their study areas and move off into different degrees. There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind and there’s heaps of support available at USQ if you feel like maybe your program isn’t the one for you after all.
Myth 3: I can’t afford to go to uni.
Answer: You’ve got options. Often when you talk about coming to uni people will comment on the cost, the debt that you might incur or the income that you might lose if you take time away from work to study. The reality is that if you want to study at uni, there are heaps of different options and support available to make it a reality for you such as scholarships, grants, bursaries and awards. You also have the option to study part time, which leaves you more time and flexibility for your work schedule. Don’t let cost discourage you, where there’s a will there’s a way!
Myth 4: Cs get degrees.
Answer: While technically this is true, you shouldn’t approach your degree with the attitude of ‘just passing’. Good grades might even open new opportunities for you in your career, so always give every assessment piece your full and best effort. You might just surprise yourself!
Myth 5: I need to go to uni with my current friends.
Answer: Nope. Ok, so you and your BFF can’t be separated, ever. But that doesn’t mean you have to go to the same uni, or study the same degree. You spend years of your life studying at uni, so it’s super important that the degree and university you choose are the right fit for your learning style, goals and personality. You’re going to meet heaps of new people and if you and your BFF truly are in it for the long haul, you’ll always make time to see each other regardless of where you study.
Myth 6: Only the really smart people can go to uni.
Answer: University study is an option for everyone. I won’t lie, study is hard work, but if you’re willing to put in the effort and seek support when and where you need it, there’s no reason you can’t succeed at uni. Everyone is smart in their own way, and when you’re studying something you’re truly passionate about you might be surprised by what you can achieve!
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with your uni work, just take a deep breath and remember why you chose to study in the first place. Don’t give up on your dreams just because it gets hard sometimes. Instead, let your passion inspire you to persevere! You can do it!
Myth 7: You will only be employed if you go to a ‘big’ or ‘prestigious’ university.
Answer: Definitely false. It doesn’t matter what uni you go to, only the degree you get at the end of it. Don’t feel pressured into going to a ‘big’ or ‘prestigious’ uni just because they might look good on paper. What matters is how well your university supports your ambitions and your lifestyle. For example, do they have courses that align with your career aspirations? Can the university cater for things like your physical, mental and study needs? Does the university offer practical experience for your chosen career?
At the end of the day, employers want someone who can do the job that their degree claims they are qualified to do. It doesn’t matter where you went to uni, so long as you are capable of doing the job you are being paid to do.
So there you have it, seven of the most common uni myths busted!
Still have questions about what to expect from uni life, and whether studying at uni is for you? The more you read about this, the more comfortable you’ll feel, so check out How does uni work? The expert advice you’re looking for, and if you still have questions, read some of the student blogs below.
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