Often times the world wants to think that it knows exactly what girls in college are thinking about and what we want out of life. However, most of those thoughts are misconceptions of what the average college girl is truly looking for. College should be a time in our lives where we are able to find ourselves while living it up! This dual pursuit for self and excitement can make it hard to believe that the average college girl’s ambitions are still in the forefront. In a brief Facebook survey, girls in colleges all over the U.S. were asked “what is important to you right now”.
In contrast to popular belief, partying and getting trashed was not the number one answer. Surprisingly, it wasn’t in any of the answers I received. The most popular answer was friendships and graduation. The American construct of what it is to be a college girl is one that has transformed over time, yet still remains to be incorrect. Many girls admit to loving relationships and socializing, however, it is not our number one priority. As we all struggle with college loans and the future debt we are going to have, the accessories that come with college living are mere options to the everyday thoughts that come across our minds.
So what is important to the average college girl? Ashley Gulley writes, “Graduating, family, friends, being able to go to grad school and getting a job in my field.” As most of the answers began to have a familiar ring to them, I questioned where the image of play hard and work less came into effect. Mainstream American media does an excellent job at selling ‘the party’ to audience’s worldwide. Yet college to us girls is an experience that is cherished, and considered a privilege. We want to continue to strive for excellence; it doesn’t end the day we graduate. Many of us pride ourselves on friends, family, grades and finding that career that will make us happy because it is what we consider success. At the end of the day, there will always be a party to be had, but what are you going to be celebrating? The average college girl wants to find her happiness through the piles of textbooks and a college degree as the stamp of approval.
By: Natasha Rivera
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