College is one of the best experiences you can have in your young adult life and is one of the most formative times of your life. Even though it is very expensive, most of us have to take a tremendous amount of student loans to afford it. I recently graduated college with a linguistics degree with a minor in forensic science, criminal law, and queer studies. I know this is a lot, but I love all these subjects and was fortunate enough to have two scholarships that allowed me to take all these courses; but I also had to take student loans to cover other expenses and had to work 2 jobs to get myself through college because I come from a working-class family and my mom couldn’t afford to pay out of pocket to send me to college.
Myth 1- It is a cutthroat environment
This one is partially true, but we have to acknowledge that all fields are cutthroat because there are only so many jobs one can have, and this myth has been able to prosper thanks to capitalism. Studying law is undeniably competitive because it is a very challenging degree to pursue but trust me when I say all courses are challenging. Do you think forensic linguistics or queer studies is more manageable than law? You would be wrong, my friends, because they are all challenging in their own way, and you hear people complain about law mostly because comparative there are more people who study law when compared to linguistics. However, I believe that competition is healthy and brings out the best and sometimes the worst out of us, and it makes us strive to give our best all the time, and this is why I believe that a bit of competition has never actually hurt anyone. And, let’s stop perpetuating this idea that it is hard making friends when you are studying law, that is entirely unfounded, and the onus might be one you for this one. Granted, people are competitive, but they are human beings at the end of the day, and once you get past their rough exterior, you’ll learn that they can make good and sometimes life-long friends.
Myth 2- It all work, no play.
Okay, I won’t lie to you; there is a lot of focused reading, coursework, and more reading that comes along with studying law, but it’s not all bad, and you will have plenty of time to have fun. College is the time for you to explore new horizons, be it your sexuality, gender identity, alcohol, or even course, and one of the best things about college is that you can go to classes drunk, and your professor will most likely not even notice, and this is the beauty of college. However, it is also true that you can’t procrastinate too much, especially if you want to end up with a first-class degree, and you should always be ahead of the curve. But I would be lying if I told you that you would never wait for the last minute to finish an assignment or go to class drunk. This is what most college students go through and is something you will most likely go through. So, get your library card ready because the library will be like your second home and have fun. My motto in college was to have as much fun as I studied, and sometimes I would do one thing more than the other, but we don’t talk about that.
Sound off in the comments section below and tell us some of the popular myths you used to believe. I am not the first and for sure won’t be the last to say this, but it is important to remember that not everything you see or read online is a reality, and some of the information out there is just fake news and click baits. So, be careful with what you read and, more importantly, what you believe in.