• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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College: Myths and Facts

I get questions all the time from high school students that I know asking about whether or not particular rumors pertaining to college life are true.  The first question I tend to respond to them with is “Who told you this?” In all honesty, who you ask matters.  Many of the sources for these college “factoids” are individuals who have never even attended college, making them obviously poor sources of post-secondary school insight.  So, I felt it was necessary to address some of these statements and ideas about college and reveal their true titles: myth or fact.

#1. High ACT and SAT scores drive your chances for getting into a good school.  MYTH!  While these scores can aid in your chances for admittance into a good school, there are many other factors that are taken into account when deciding your admission.

#2. If you have higher college costs and expenses, you can sometimes get better financial aid. FACT!  Try comparing scholarship and aid packages at a private university (like Scholastica) and a public university.  It is amazing the difference in private aid and loans you can receive.

#3. If I’m not an “A” student, then I won’t get good financial aid. MYTH!  Financial aid (especially that from the government) is typically determined by financial need only.

#4. All college freshmen gain 15 pounds. Mega MYTH!  Many students actually end up losing weight from high levels of stress and hectic schedules.

#5. You do not have to choose a major right away. FACT!  Actually, it is sometimes in your best interest to wait to decide on a major until after your freshman or sophomore year, when you have gotten a chance to take a few different generals and see what you take to.

#6. You will land horrible roommates. MYTH!  While sometimes you may not be paired up with the “perfect” roommates, many college students end up making wonderful friends with their roommates and will keep strong relationships with them throughout their college life. 

For those of you who are role models to students approaching their college years or if perhaps you have a younger sibling or cousin getting ready for post-secondary, reassure them of these things.  Confidence and comfort are keys to college success.

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