College Culture

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In the US, the college culture is so vastly different to what we have in Australia.
Before actually spending some time at a US University, I didn’t realise how much more fun I’d have, had I chosen to pursue education in the US after high school.

Life after high school attains a  mythic status for many students in Australia. Growing up watching US TV shows and movies about college, it carves a blissful expectation for Australian students entering University so they can enjoy “the best time of their lives”. It probably is the best part of many peoples lives in Australia, but since the average passive Australian life would probably be a shade of what many people get to experience throughout the world it isn’t saying much

The sad reality is that, in Australia the culture is lot more tame compared to anything in the US. Since the majority of students in the large universities in Australia don’t live on campus, most will have a noticable divide between their social and university lives. In the US, this is less of an issue.

Now, of course, Australia has a very accessible tertiary education system but I’m sure many students would know that they missed out on the “full college experience” by attending an Australian University. Even in the Ivy league schools, the kids seemed to be smashing 4.0 GPAs and still partying harder than anything I’ve seen in Australia.

On top of that, the quality in general of US education is very strong. I’d say the public ivies would definitely have more recognition than anything in Australia, including The University of Melbourne.

Now, not everything is perfect in the US either, you still have your odd Career Kids, FOBs, Worrying Whingers & Feminazi Loser, but most kids find their place and bond well within their niche.

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15 thoughts on “College Culture

  1. Garry P says:

    Deep stuff

  2. KC says:

    Not everything in Australia can access international education, you have to work with what you’ve got!

  3. unwilling says:

    a lot of ppl in melb uni think they are living it up, they havent seen real partying

  4. angeleye says:

    British uni culture is probably a lot better than Australia’s too

  5. Mik says:

    Author speaks the truth, spent a semester at USC, it was fucking amazing, UMelb sucked comapred that

  6. Athone says:

    I’m sure not every uni is as great as what the movies make it out to be, not just Australia alone but even other countries are probably very tame too.

  7. Justin McKenna says:

    well after college i can tell you that the work culture in the US sucks!! Nowhere near as good as Australia!

  8. Lloyd says:

    haha there is no college culture here, its a friggen joke.

  9. Alexis says:

    College can suck for some types of people so they night be happy to just get it over and done with rather than bask in it and its culture.

  10. asdfasdfasdf says:

    You’ll pay the price in the long run if you party too hard now

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  12. tagle says:

    I did exchange to a uni in the States, there is certainly a huge disparity between education and the uni/college experience. Would happily recommend staying there as long as you possibly can.

  13. Hamid says:

    Yea absolutely right. Australian academy environment is not lively as well as US.

  14. Nnn says:

    Okay. Australia is not the us. Ergo Australian university life does not, and has no reason to, confirm the the stereotypes and generalisations featured here. I went to uni in Melbourne in the early naughtiest and not once did I expect or even was ‘the college experience’ as outlined here. I got what I needed and got out, and that was perfectly fine. I suppose it is how you experience university in a country with accessible education, as opposed to the USA where only the privileged can aspire to an education (I’m generalising here, but essentially, we have hecs). I’m a mod lower middle class man from the western suburbs and I attended Melbourne uni, and this was perfectly acceptable and was unquestionably easy and within my means. This would not happen at an Ivy League university in the USA. I got a great education and got, simply because my university experience was informed by Australian culture and not that of the USA.

  15. Nnn says:

    Fucking spellcheck lol

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