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Do Shows Like Gossip Girl Accurately Reflect College Life?

In an article in the New York Post today, real-life NYU students respond to Gossip Girl's depiction of NYU freshman orientation. What do they think of the show's fictional keg parties on rooftops, characters requesting who they want to room with to the Housing Office, and the notion that NYU is cheaper than Yale? (Here's a Buzz recap of this week's goings-on to refresh your memories!)

Although one blogger gives the thumbs up to the show's reference to an "Art & the World" class he actually took his freshman year at Tisch, another one disses the idea of a rooftop party. "Don't the writers know," he snipes, "that in NYU housing we're forbidden to peek outside of our windows for the slight chance that we might kill ourselves?"

Do shows like Gossip Girl and Greek reflect college experience (fairly) accurately or is it all just fun and fantasy?

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greenapplelover greenapplelover 7 years
Definitely not, but if there were a show accurately depicting college life through my eyes (i.e. spending hours in the library), I don't know if I'd want to watch it. GG has always been about escapism for me.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 7 years
Totally agree with Pistil. I wouldn't want Gossip Girl to accurately reflect college life. I want it to be a big, exaggerated, entertaining extravaganza of stupid pretty kids screwing with each other's lives and acting completely irresponsible without any real long-lasting consequences. That's what makes good TV!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Of course it's fun and fantasy. Real life doesn't make for good TV. That's why there's "Reality" TV.
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 7 years
Hell no and thank goodness for that. If you want drama and misery then you can surely find it, if you want good friendships with your friends then you can find other people who want that as well and have peace in your life. But seriously life is just not that dramatic and yes I'm a college student.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
no, and who cares? I love the shows anyways :)
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
We did once have a group of the baseball guys stand on the patio and yell OH MY GOD, THERE ARE NAKED GIRLS ON THE ROOF! I had on a vibrantly striped teal and red bikini top .... definitely not naked!
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
Well, I was on the roof many, many times my freshman year of college. There was a low roof between the two buildings in my complex (they're connected by a big shared lounge), and you could get onto it through my friend's window because they had no screen! We hung up there a lot ... my best friend and I would lay out there in bikini tops and short shorts to go tanning! Never had a kegger, or any beer at all ... but then my school simply doesn't HAVE keggers. In 3 years, I've never seen a keg on campus. We just get cans upon cans upon cans of Keystone Light. Ew.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
not at all...i don't watch GG for a real-life representation! Greek does a much better job, except they are supposed to be in Ohio and the show is filmed in Cali. i'm a midwesterner myself, and it is definitely not sunny all the time! i've never seen a rooftop kegger, but i did help some guys in my dorm sneak in a keg inside a laundry hamper :)
macchiatolove macchiatolove 7 years
oh absolutely. The same way that Dawson's Creek, 90210 and the Bold and the Beautiful represent real life ;)
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
I went to an elite private university, and I'm with sarahcateh - Gossip Girl isn't too far off. We were required to live on campus for the first two years, but a lot of people didn't want to deal with small dorm rooms so their parents paid for BOTH on-campus housing and posh off-campus apartments; fraternities regularly paid more than $20,000 for parties, and people dressed like Blair all over the place. College students with enough money will do whatever they want. (I'm not saying this is right, I'm just saying it's the way it was at my school.)
Advah Advah 7 years
Isn't that the whole point of GG though? It's not like it's ever been very realistic..
nicklover nicklover 7 years
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
Um, I go to UNC chapel hill, a lot of us students are wealthy southern upper class. We've been known to have sushi parties, southern belle parties (where you have to be dressed in pre-war attire), and many other themed parties. So, maybe this isn't super realistic but some colleges do have themed parties such as those on Gossip Girl. And we have roof parties. Maybe they just need to relocate Gossip Girl to the southern part of heaven?
kimbly kimbly 7 years
I go to NYU. And I wish they made it more like real-life NYU, just so I could see them filming around campus. Hehehehe. But nothing in the pilot looked like the actual campus.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Maybe the writer should have sent everyone to California University, where the original 90210 AND Saved By the Bell alums matriculated
Jmartens Jmartens 7 years
Cant wait to see the new Community College show coming out soon with Chevy Chase!
nomiloo2000 nomiloo2000 7 years
Well no I don't think it reflects real college, but aren't we to assume that Dan actually received financial aid or an academic scholarship at NYU and that's why he went there instead of Yale--where they offered him neither?
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I still feel like "Undeclared" was the only show that accurately depicted college.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Is this just a post where you can see how many people you can get to say "no"?
dancinlaughin01 dancinlaughin01 7 years
no, we dont have sushi parties and wasabi facials. most college students are broke, they cant afford to spend money on clothes and talk about boys all the time. they work, study hard and party hard.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
No, and it's not just because the double rooms on the show look like where they'd shove 6 kids together at my college. If someone dressed as posh as Blair I'd mistake her for a professor. And like Hokie said, there's no way anyone's throwing a kegger on the roof. At the very least, a few drunks should have fallen off. That's realistic.
hokiepokie hokiepokie 7 years
Definitely not. I can't speak for all schools, but if a freshman at my school who was living in a dorm decided to throw a kegger on the roof, that would get shut-down pretty quickly, especially if there were signs pointing the way and a steady trail of underage kids bringing beer. And you cannot successfully request a roommate if that person doesn't also request you as a roommate. Greek does a much better job, probably because it's always been a show about the Greek system and always will be. So far, I'm not enjoying Gossip Girl: The College Years at all. The show worked so much better before.
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