Debunking five myths about life at UConn
Published: Friday, August 23, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
Instead of providing more advice and adding to the mental garbage bin where you’ve thrown wisdom from parents, tour guides, orientation leaders, and resident assistants, I’ve decide to debunk some misconceptions you may currently have about your college experience at UConn.
1. Everyone goes to Late Night.
Despite the vivid images tour guides may have put in your head about the beauty of Late Night and all its excellence, going to Late Night is kind of like going on your first date and realizing Disney princes don’t exist in real life. Late Night sees a small fraction of the college population, and still the lines can be long. I’ve seen a fair share of great ones with fun prizes, but ultimately, Late Night is more like a stop along the journey of the evening and not a final destination.
2. Everyone goes to Carriage, and it’s fun.
As all the new students cling to new best friends and share stories from high school they think makes them look cool, there are whispers among the freshmen halls of North as to where to go that night and where to see that first college party. A friend with an older sibling will spread the “good news” of Carriage as a bountiful land of alcohol, cute boys and girls, and fun to be had. While you can go to Carriage and get that out of your system, what you’re probably going to end up with is eight to ten freshmen girls constantly worried about losing someone in their party, one of whom is going to discover she is, indeed, a lightweight, and that the boy-to-girl ratio screams sausage fest. To put it in perspective, on one particular sojourn to Carriage on my birthday I was over wearing my heels, and accidently stepped on a dead chipmunk in bare feet. Don’t step on the dead chipmunk, friends. Just don’t. You’ll never live it down.
3. You’ll become best friends with your roommate.
While I personally can’t attest to this because my roommate and I have been best friends since about 10 minutes after we met (even though I was concerned for a while that her favorite movie was “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”), plenty of my friends experienced first hand that just because you’re roommates doesn’t mean you’ll like each other. However, you can also have a nice roommate and not a great friend. There is plenty of middle ground between best friend and worst roommate ever. The important thing is co-existing in a happy environment. You can’t become friends with everyone, and that is okay.
4. You should join 10 clubs the second you get on campus.
Now this one I do have experience with since I, basking in the glow of the involvement fair, signed up for as many clubs as humanly possible. Actually, it wasn’t humanly possible, as I soon found out. Even now, I struggle juggling four clubs in addition to my major and my two jobs. While I encourage you to check out clubs because you don’t quite know what you may be interested in, know you can’t do every single club you sign up for. Explore the wonderful world of clubs filled with improv, sports and activities, but know you can’t do it all. Otherwise you’ll spend the next four years trying to justify why you’re even trying.
5. If you don’t drink, you’re not cool.
Now, you’ve probably heard the opposite of this from administrators and adults: that not drinking in college is okay. Still, you’ve heard of the parties, the drinking, and all the shenanigans that can be found at the bottom of a really gross bottle of Dubra. At the same time, seriously, don’t drink if you’re not okay with it. College has a lot of things to experience - friendships, relationships, travel and even the occasional class - so even if you’re not throwing up every weekend, you will still manage to make the most of it. College is legitimately what you make of it, and you will find friends who gain intense enjoyment from a game of “Cards Against Humanity” or a significant other who thinks an episode of “Community” is the best way to end the night. So be you, because honestly, college is that rare opportunity to shout from the rooftops that you love “Game of Thrones” and make friends in the process.