I blame the movies.
For those who didn’t understand the topic from the rather clichéd title, allow me to spell it out for you. I’m talking about the hype surrounding college life; About how almost everyone elder than you will take the time to mention at least half a dozen times that college was the best time of their life.
Which, by the time you’ve dressed up for the first day at your campus, leaves you feeling like you’re about to attend your prom night – except that this one’s stretched out over four long years.
And if your first few months were anything like mine, you felt massively disappointed. In fact, let me tell anyone who might be reading this after having heard an encouraging comment about their future college from an uncle or aunt – odds are you will be let down.
The reasons are simple. From the time puberty hits you, you are exposed to movies, ads and stories that describe the joviality of college life. About how students can enjoy complete freedom, have endless fun and – this is the gut wrencher – fall madly in love with someone and get married.
After experiencing my college life, I realized that the entire experience is similar to watching a movie. Expect that you’re watching it three months after it’s released, and everyone you know has raved about it – not to mention the great adverts on T.V. So you end up sitting in the theatre, shaking with excitement, ready to have your mind blown.