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In Focus: Back To School Expectations vs. Reality

In Focus: Back To School Expectations vs. Reality

 

 

Your vacation has once again come to an end. It's time to bid good bye to spontaneous out-of-town day trips and say hello to piles of handouts and long lectures. As the start of the new academic year begins, you fantasize about getting into the Dean's List or finally meeting your soulmate—it's like starting a whole new year with a whole new set of (school) resolutions. If you're a college student, you might find yourself relating to these expectations and realities that almost every student encounters when you finally hit the hallways again:

 

1. Finally getting to eat some nice food that's not "lutong bahay." 

Expectation: 

One of the joys of being a student and going back to school is that you get to finally eat food outside your home and try countless dishes that would excite your palate without your parents demanding you what you should or should not eat. 

Reality:

For the first few weeks, you'll be amazed at the many restaurants around the campus, but after a few months—when you and your friends are already broke—you'll realize how much you miss your mom's delicious (and free) home-cooked meals that she always told you to finish (but never wanted to). 

 

2. Having awesome weekend plans.

Expectation:

Movies have always portrayed college as a big playground for young adults seeking freedom and independence. You expect that you'd get invites every weekend to the hottest parties from your friends (or crush/es) and live the fun life you've always seen in films. 

Reality:

As much as you'd want to go out and party with your friends during the weekend, you'll probably find yourself staring at your laptop screen and cramming for those exams and papers due the following week.

 

3. Meeting the love of your life. 

Expectation:

There are so many things to be excited about the new school year—one of it is getting to meet new set of people—who might possibly be The One. 

Reality:

The only thing you end up being concerned about is whether or not your general weighted average would exceed the passing rate. Besides, you can barely even remember those hundreds of terms that you need to memorize for your History quiz, how in the world would you have time to even consider finding The One?! 

 

4. Buying school supplies with your allowance. 

Expectation:

Having new set of cute pens and adorable notebooks make the new school year more exciting, right? Not to mention, that pastel highlighter and Kate Spade tumbler that you keep on repinning would also make you more motivated to go to school.

Reality:

As much as you want to buy a new set of school supplies for the school year, you realize just how broke you are and how much money you have to save for the things you actually need.

 

5. Trying to ace your acads.

Expectation:

To do well in all your exams and still have a social life—that's the goal. Just like Tony Stark, you aim to be an expert in a certain subject overnight because who would want to waste their college lives studying the entire time if they could keep their social life and study in just one night, right?

Reality:

Wrong. Unless you're a part of Mensa, winging your exam and thinking you could easily become an expert in a certain subject is probably not a good idea. Instead of getting a good score, you eventually end up having nervous breakdowns and daydreaming of a world where you get to have high grades while keeping your social life and a good amount of sleep. 

 

6. Slaying independence.

Expectation:

Oh, the joy of finally saying goodbye to long school hours and extremely strict curfews of your parents! Having your own place and embarking on a new adventure on your own sounds like an unforgettable and thrilling experience!

Reality:

You realize how much of a struggle it is to make it to the end of the week with your limited budget considering you have electricity bills and countless expenses on food, photocopying handouts, and transpo fees. You start to crave your parents' presence and realize how everything seemed easier when they were around. 

 

The reality may not always seem pretty, but don't fret—your fate will always still be a result of your daily decisions. As long as you do your best and have the right focus, you'll see that college life is one beautiful roller coaster experience that you'll never forget. 

 

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