Recently, One of my friend told me that a sentence "I am a college student" is not generally used to introduce oneself in USA. Instead, a sentence "I go to college" is more general expression.

I have never heard the sentence "I go to college" when someone introduces oneself. My friends and I always say that "Hi, I'm 000. I'm 22 years old. I'm a college student." when we have to introduce ourselves.

"I am a college student" vs"I go to college": Which one is generally used?

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    Just say: I’m still in college. – tchrist Jul 9 '15 at 3:11
  • Speaking for myself, neither: I'm in school at [X] or I'm a student at [X] or I'm studying [A] at [X] was generally sufficient— but then, most people I interacted with knew or assumed I was a student (or they themselves were students), so this step was often unnecessary. – choster Jul 9 '15 at 3:18

Context, context, context.

Hi, I'm Brian, I manage a hedge fund. What do you do?
I go to college.

Hi, I'm Brian, I'm a hedge fund manager. What about you?
I'm a college student.

Perhaps your friend goes to a different kind of college.


I would say that your friend is wrong -- both of those are fine. It may vary in different parts of the country, but I doubt many people would find one of those phrasings 'wrong'. However, to my ear, both options sound slightly formal -- a colloquial phrasing would be "I'm still in school."

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