University: Expectations v Reality in Learning

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After seeing university on TV and in films, sometimes the reality might not quite match up with all of our expectations.

1) Accommodation

Expectation

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Initiation ceremonies into Alpha, Kappa, Gamma frat and sorority houses, where you meet your BFFs for life.

Reality

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Flatmates consisting of one who never leaves their room, one who never cleans and one who personally hand-delivers the chore list every morning..and one you will actually keep in touch with when you move out.

Check out our tips on being a good flatmate.

2) Lectures

Expectation

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Inspirational speeches in lectures with everyone joining in with a philosophical discussion.

Reality

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Catching up on the lecture slides at home...days after the lecture. (Don't do it, find out why it's worth attending your 9am lectures!)

3) Relationships

Expectation

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Meeting your partner for life during Freshers' week, and telling your grandkids about your university days together.

Reality

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A few cringey dates you'd rather forget, and a lot of time watching Netflix alone. Not everyone meets their life partner at uni, which allows plenty of time to develop as an individual before meeting 'the one.'

4) Fashion

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Rocking the student look with a swish scarf, sophisticated satchel and Starbucks coffee in hand.

Reality

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At least four people per lecture wearing a onesie, a hoodie if we're feeling fancy.

Though it might not meet all of the expectations we see in films and TV, university is a great experience. Enjoy!