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College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

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College in real life is way different than how college is shown in movies like Pitch Perfect. Let's break down how the two compare and contrast!

Much like those teen movies which claim to take place in high school, there are discrepancies between college in real life and college on screen. Aside from the actors playing freshmen who are clearly in their 30s, there are also a few subtle differences from actual college life. In my experience, here are areas debunked with college in real life vs. college in movies.

1. Acapella Feuds & Rivalries Are A Thing

This myth definitely grew with the rise of the Pitch Perfect franchise and led many to believe that they were going to see groups like The Treblemakers on campus. In reality, your college may have an acapalla group or club, but the most elaborate production would be the end of the season recital. I was not faced with groups of people covering Pitbull songs while I walked away campus and definitely was not approached to be a Bella.

College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

2. Competitions Will Always Be Televised

From cheer to the big football game, college in movies made me believe that every sporting event was going to be the spotlight of the whole town. My campus during undergrad didn’t even have a football team and I am not even sure if college cheer is still a thing. Yes, there are major sporting events at certain colleges but even in those instances, not every will be broadcast.

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College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

3. Prepare To Rage Every.Single.Weekend

In movies college is where the nerdy kid first tries alcohol and loosens up beyond control or where frat guys run around with togas searching for the next keg. College in real life paints a slightly different picture. Although there is a significant increase in amount of “ragers” compared to high school, partying is not some sort of requirement as the movies paint it to be. There are those who engage in all that jello shots have to offer and there are those who skip parties altogether. Even if there is a massive party being thrown on campus, it will not be a school-wide event as colleges in movies would lead you to believe.

College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

4. Stoners Will Lurk Around Every Corner

The hippy persona is often attributed to the college stoner who spends their time laying on the campus lawn and telling everyone to mellow out. As with anything that one indulges with, stoners are around campus, but they are definitely not showcased like in movies. This is an area that I have zero experience with in college in real life, but I can attest to the fact that they were not spotlighted at all.

College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

5. The Super Involved Dean

For some reason in movies, the dean of the college takes on an omnipresent nature. They know what is going on with all the trouble makers on campus and are seen at every major event. In real life, you are lucky if you even know the dean’s name at your college. They are definitely not as accessible as they are presented in movies and do not have enough free time to casually attend every basketball game.

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College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

6. Classes Don’t Take Up Too Much Time

In movie college, most of the film is spent fundraising to save the sorority house or practicing for Nationals instead of actually being inside the classroom. Everyone has so much time on their hands that they can literally focus on all their extracurricular activities while they somehow get an education. As we all can confirm, class takes up all your time. Whether it is attending lecture, studying, or having group project meet ups there is always something going on academically. Those who are actually able to pull off club memberships in college spend a lot of time adjusting schedules and losing sleep.

College In Real Life Vs. College In Movies

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College in real life is much more work but maybe you’ll be an extra in movie college one day! What do you think of college in the movies and real life? Tell us in the comments!
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