Life consists of parts that we need to pass one after another. It is really convenient. There is always a place where you got to be. Kindergartens prepare us for schools, where we cannot wait for university life. What if there is no place to go? After graduation most of us (at least I did) felt that we are not guided anymore, we just need somehow to spend the rest of our lives without people telling us what to do.
“The Graduate” is the story about the graduate (oh really?) Benjamin, who came back home to his parents. They are always asking him about his future plans, but the main hero prefers to avoid answering this question at any cost. His life is uncertain, and he doesn’t know what to do. For me this movie symbolizes modern student life and the place where it would bring us. Throughout the movie we see the main protagonist standing on moving walkway or laying on his back in his parents’ pool. Things around him are always moving, while he is not. He is not studying anymore. He is not climbing social ladder as all of us do. He is alienated and lets his fate to do whatever it pleases to.
It is my opinion, but I do feel the same about students in modern day universities, sliding from one deadline to another. Whenever we have some free time we follow any distraction we can and beg people around us “Let’s not talk about studies, alright?”. Today my friend told me excellent thing “Most of us study so in the future we could study better”.
How many times you were disturbed by the thought that it seems like everyone is doing something, but you don’t? Whenever I have some free minute I start to have such thoughts, which is really horrible.
I want to end this blogpost by one terrible cliché. In one scene of the movie Benjamin’s father asks him “Would you mind telling me what those four years of college were for?”