True or False? Busting Campus Myths

February 20, 2019

You can’t believe everything you read on the internet—except for this blog! College is full of misconceptions and myths, so take it from me, a seasoned senior, who knows what is true and what is completely false about college and the University of Minnesota.

The Gopher Way is Haunted by the Ghosts of Lost Students

Unfortunately, as confusing as this system of hallways and underground tunnels connecting campus can be, it’s not haunted. However, it is a great way to avoid stepping foot outside in the winter!

Your Major will Determine your Future

I’ll let you in on a secret: most college students have no idea where they’ll end up career-wise, which is part of why you even go to college in the first place. College is a time to explore your interests and shape yourself into a well-rounded individual. Just because you majored in math or Spanish, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you’ll end up doing five or ten years down the road. Many people work jobs that have nothing to do with their designated degree—it’s simply having the degree that makes those pathways available.

You Need to Graduate in Four Years

Not true. While it is believed that bachelor’s degrees should only take four years to earn, the US Department of Education found that, on average, less than 40 percent of undergraduates complete their degrees in four years. Many factors, like study abroad opportunities, double majors/minors, mental and physical health, and work make it quite normal to take an extra year or two to complete a degree. On the flip side, some students can complete their degrees in just three years. The takeaway: your graduation pace depends on who you are and your degree. There is no right or wrong pace.

Rubbing Goldy’s Teeth will Bring you Good Fortune for Finals

While I’m not saying rubbing the buckteeth of the bronze Goldy the Gopher statue in front of the Memorial Union won’t bring you good luck on your upcoming exams, it’s more likely that studying for the test will do you more good.

All College Students Drink and Party

While pop culture and movies make it seem like all college students are interested in doing is partying, that’s not the case. Plenty of people don’t participate in the party culture. Especially at the UMN, it’s not uncommon to find students taking part in other campus or community activities and events on the weekends.

Trolls Live Under the Washington Ave. Bridge

Last troll spotting hasn’t been for several decades.

A Liberal Arts Degree is a “Literally Anything” Degree

Forget the false stigmas about liberal arts degrees. In 2017, The Huffington Post highlighted that English and history majors reported relatively low unemployment rates after graduating—at 9.8 and 9.5 percent compared to other popular degrees, for instance, architecture majors at 12.8 percent. Liberal arts are much more valuable and viable than what cultural dialogue would have us believe.

Bob Dylan Attended the U

While this one is technically true, he only attended for one year (1959-1960) and rarely showed up to class.

College is the Best Four Years of your Life

I sure hope not! College is just the beginning for you, kid. Your future is bright, and whether or not you have a blast in college, the best is yet to come—I promise.

Know the UMN Facts

  • The U has over 900 student organizations, so whether you enjoy hammocking or squirrel watching, there’s a club fit for you.

  • 130 nations are represented on campus.

  • The UMN’s underground library is home to the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes collection, consisting of over 60,000 texts.

  • The Honeycrisp Apple was developed here in 1974. And if you love the Honeycrisp, stay tuned for First Kiss, the newest of the UMN apples.

  • We are ranked 8th nationally in research for all public universities.