Until you started touring schools, it’s possible that the closest you got to a college campus was the distance from your TV to the couch. If you developed your ideas about the adventures of higher education through the exploits of Cory Matthews and Rory Gilmore, it’s time to separate the fact from the fiction. Here are seven myths we see necessary to dispel:
Myth #1: “All of your friends will end up at the same school.”
When the characters of Boy Meets World went to college they did it in a big way—by literally all going to the same school. However, just because Cory, Shawn, Topanga, Angela, Eric AND Mr. Feeney ended up at the same school, it doesn’t mean you’re a freak of nature for heading off with nary a high school comrade in sight. The ancient adage goes “make new friends but keep the old,” which is playground speak for “weekly Skype dates!” Don’t let the fear of growing apart hold you back, best friends have a special way of staying in your life—even if they’re not living down the hall.
Myth #2: “Real life happens off-campus”
The characters of Gossip Girl go to school in the city, which is a good way for the producers to maximize glamorous scenes all around New York... and pretty much anywhere but a dorm or classroom. Well, if you go to school in the middle of nowhere (oh, hey, Maine) or the ‘burbs, a surprising majority of your life will happen between a few select points: dorm, library, dining hall, crowded basement…you get my point. If this sounds boring to you, it’s not! It’s actually awesome. You will be amazed how bustling a college campus can be, whether NYU or Cornfield U.