Myths your parents told you about uni life that are completely false

January 20, 2017
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Before actually attending university, it’s normal to picture your life as a uni student through rose-tinted glasses. You’ve had countless conversations with your parents while excitedly awaiting your next big step in life and can already see your future self going to cool parties while meeting deadlines with ease.

But then uni starts and you quickly realise that your rose-tinted glasses and parents’ nostalgic memories of university were staggeringly misleading.

Myths, lies, whatever you want to call them: here are five things every soon-to-be uni student hears before embarking on the treacherous journey that is higher education.

“Uni will be the best years of your life!”

When you’re stuck in your nine to five, this will seem like the most accurate statement anyone has ever said to you. But until then, when you’re tackling your insane uni workload while doing your best to maintain a stable social life and mental health, uni basically feels the same as trying to catch a greased-up pig: impossible, and you can’t wait for it to be over.

“Staying organised is simple, just get a diary!”

Having good organisational skills is either a trait given at birth to some of the luckiest people on the planet or requires serious dedication to the cause. If you’re part of the latter group, uni soon makes you realise that there is not enough time in the world to untangle the chaos that is your uni life.

As much as I wish it was, it’s just not possible for a bunch of bound pages to solve our problems, especially when it comes to organisation. A diary can be a really useful tool but, if you’re anything like me, will serve no purpose other than reminding you of how truly awful you are at using it.

“You’ll make so many new friends!”

Unless you’re the kid in every lecture and tutorial that answers all the questions and has something to say about absolutely everything (life hack: don’t be that kid), most people fly completely under the radar at uni, which can make it pretty hard to meet people.

While you’ll probably make a couple of life-long friends during your degree, you almost definitely won’t have the same huge group of mates you had in high school (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.)

“It’s easy to juggle part-time work with your studies!”

If you have to move out of home to attend university, working a part-time job and studying full-time is a reality you will inevitably face. From leaving parties early because you have work the next morning to enviously staring at your unemployed friends’ Instagram photos, having a job during uni feels like a big kick in the head most of the time.

While juggling a part-time job and your uni studies is definitely doable, figuring out how to work enough hours to pay the bills while keeping up good grades is an art form that deserves some kind of award, or at least more credit than it’s given.

“It’ll be over before you know it!”

While this is true in the long run, university has an annoying habit of dragging on until you start to believe you’ll be attending lectures until the day you die. Although for most of us this isn’t the case, the time it takes to complete your degree will make you toss up between your enormous HECS debt and running away to Mexico more than a few times.

Having said that, graduation really does roll around sooner than expected, so try to enjoy everything about being a student while you still can, including your parents’ unrealistic advice.

Penny Robinson

Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.