Trying to boil a 4 year experience down to a single trite simile is a near impossible challenge. But… we’re gonna try!
College is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
This is kind of true. Forrest Gump’s statement was more about the overall arc of his life. College is a bit more structured – you have classes, and activities, and homework, and finals. However, you still have a lot of scope to make different experiences for yourself and blaze a new path. Don’t get boxed in by prior conceptions of yourself. College is a good time for introspection as well as reinvention.
College is like a fountain of knowledge and you are there to drink.
This oft-repeated adage does have a kernel of truth to it: there is a lot to learn in college. But luckily, you have the freedom to choose what classes you take and how much you put into them. You’ll get out of college what you put into it, but there is a lot to be learned outside the classroom as well. Without the constraints of having to provide for yourself or a family, and being your own boss effectively, don’t feel scared by possibility of information overload. When it comes to knowledge, drinking it all in is drinking responsibly.
College is like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife.
Sometimes all those choices you *could* make do end up feeling overwhelming. You want a “knife” just to cut through all of it. Well, good news, you do have a knife: you! Whenever you may get a feeling of being overwhelmed, take a step back and reassess your priorities. Ask yourself what you want to get out of your college experience and prioritize your activities to make your experience match.
College is like high school (or kindergarten).
No, it’s really not. Unlike those highly structured environments, you are much more in charge of your academic experience, and experience overall. You are not a part of a single group taking common classes; everyone is on their own schedule. And oftentimes, you have moved from being a “big fish in a small pond to a guppie in the ocean.” Learning to navigate the new environment is a key skill any freshman has to quickly master. Okay, we will give on one point: like kindergarten, you can schedule in your own naptime!
College is like rain on your wedding day.
Now isn’t that ironic? Alright, alright… we’re stretching here now, but remember: college will be what you make of it so go in with an open mind. Good luck!