YOUNG VOICES: Break college stereotypes, create your own experince

2013-09-30T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Break college stereotypes, create your own experinceBy Alyssa Dillon nwitimes.com
September 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

There are multiple stereotypes about college and college students, some of which I have found to be truer than others.

Although great for entertainment, films such as "Pitch Perfect," "Animal House" and "Legally Blonde" can create a skewed mental image of college consisting mostly of alcohol, sex, and Greek life.

The first stereotype I found to be untrue is of fraternities and sororities. Fraternity boys are not all jerks in letterman jackets, and sorority girls are not all shallow shopaholics. I know multiple people in fraternities and sororities who are brilliant, well-rounded students. I think it’s unfortunate some students refuse to join a fraternity or sorority for fear it will be like "Legally Blonde" or "Animal House." In reality, it can be a great way to create lasting friendships as well as get involved on campus.

A second false stereotype is that you have to drink to have fun. This is completely false, and I find it sad there are students who believe it is true. Yes, there are students who drink; however, there are also many students who do not. Under no circumstances, at any college, should anyone feel they are incapable of having fun without alcohol, because there are always other fun activities to do instead.

Nevertheless, there are a few stereotypes I have discovered to be true. I quickly learned wearing your lanyard around your neck is a sure way to look like a freshman, and there’s a lot more work than high school.

College is a different experience for everyone, and you can choose how you want yours to be.

I just hope these stereotypes stop influencing students so much on what their college experience should be like, when there is no right and wrong.

Alyssa Dillon, of Valparaiso, is 2013 graduate of Valparaiso High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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