College undergraduates might not be consciously aware that a dichotomy exists between academia and the rest of the world. When asked to examine their assumptions about academia, they might be surprised to discover such a dichotomy in their thinking. Awareness of assumptions allows us to examine them, questioning their source and validity. Join students in asking where our distinctions come from and whether itâ€™s necessary or beneficial to conceive of academic and â€œreal worldâ€� endeavors as separate. These questions might lead to conclusions that dispel invalid and unproductive distinctions.