Why college is nothing like the real world

Remember how our high school teachers would try and scare us by referring to college as the “real world” while going into a long rant about how much harder our lives are going to be once we’re there? Well, now we’re all here and if this is what real life is like, it’s not half bad! We have more responsibilities, but on the plus side, we don’t have our parents behind our every move to tell us what and what not to do. College is a learning experience, and one of the many things I’ve learned is that this is not what the real world is like.

College life is not everything it may seem, Image from First Year.
College life is not everything it may seem, Image from First Year.

Yes, being in college is almost like being completely on your own, but at the same time, it’s far from it. At Radford, most of us still receive an income from our parents, make many trips home, are under our parents insurance and cell phone bill policies and get help with our rent. But just like all great things, this will soon come to an end and you will be completely alone. I’ve been told by individuals out of college to live it up while I’m here because it’s something I will always cherish but never get to experience again. The real world comes with real responsibilities, such as paying for your own cell phone bill, insurance, groceries and many more things that we don’t even think about now.

Our main focus while being in school, of course, is our school work, maybe having a side job, and most importantly, having a lot of fun on weekends. The life in the world of a college graduate seems to be to pay bills, work all day and to take care of your family. These times in our lives are some of the only years where we can truly put ourselves first and decide who we are and what we want. In these four years, we let out all of our childish mannerisms, experience hardships to learn from and carry these memories with us to the future.