Whether you’re going to be staying on campus or not during your first year of college doesn’t quite matter when it comes to the moral issues that you’re going to be dealing with. Whether you were raised completely conservative or you have a notably liberal upbringing, there are a few things that will get you instantly ostracized from the particular climate that you’re going to be in. While you shouldn’t be worried since most of this will come from culture shock there are a few things that you should get used to seeing and not make such a big deal out of.
Alcohol Many campuses will claim to have a dry campus, but the odds are there will be several students will incredible ingenuity and manage to sneak more than just a few beer cans into the campus housing. With so many young adults without the reins of parents holding onto them you’re going to see a lot of crazy behavior. Not every student is going to be knocking back shots, but there are a few that are going to push it to the point where you may begin to feel uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter whether you drink or not because students tend to respect if you have early classes, a test or just don’t want to. The problem arises in how you decide to handle the situation. You can either ignore it or go tell the resident assistant, who will then tell the person who runs the building. I’ve seen numerous students go through hell because they decided to report what was going on and I’ve seen just as many go through hell with not telling. A good measure of whether or not to do something is to consider whether or not you’ve spoken to the people in question and whether or not someone’s health is at risk. In the latter case, never be afraid to go tell someone with authority.
Politics Politics won’t ostracize as much as they will polarize, which in effect can lead to the separation of several people. Most campuses are liberal, but not so much as UCLA was known for being in the 60’s and 70’s. That being said, plenty of schools have a conservative faculty (most notably institutions with some faith based background). Situations arise in the fact that young people usually have powerful opinions and are willing to debate them to death. It’s easy to see how two people will be pitted against one another if their very upbringings are thrown into question. This can be considered an off shoot of culture shock.
Gossip Don’t think that just because you’re out of high school that everyone has taken the high school out of them. If anything, I found people to be much more mature in my high school days than they were in college. Girls are by far worse now that sex is much more open and everyone is generally much looser when it comes to that. Try to avoid any situation that arises as you’ll generally be asked to choose sides, which in effect will grant you temporary friends and not so temporary adversaries.
Religion Similar to what happens in politics, you’ll truly need to weigh what type of campus you’re going to be on and properly adjust. If you’re agnostic or even atheist, you don’t have to lie about it but you should be mindful that there are people who love and embrace their religion on a regular basis. Just don’t let them shove it in your face if someone attempts to do so.