“The Graduate” as symbol of modern student life.

vlcsnap-2014-05-08-21h05m38s94Life 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?”

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on ““The Graduate” as symbol of modern student life.

  1. Unique topic, and an honest reflection on the challenges that come from uncertain futures and seemingly endless tasks. I appreciate your willingness to voice a critical concern, and to do so in a creative and interesting way. Several word choice or grammar mistakes keep this post from being perfect:
    1) There is always a place where you got to be (You got to be kidding me! is a slang contraction of “you have got to” or “you have to”. Let’s use the more standard variation unless you are quoting an oral conversation.)
    2) For me this movie symbolizes modern student life and the place where it would bring us. (“would bring” suggests a repeated action in the past, like “in the summers we would go to the village.” Try “might” if you are suggesting a future destination. Try “has brought” if you want to emphasize the present result of this “modern student life”)
    3) standing on __ moving walkway (article)
    4) Today my friend told me __ excellent thing__ “Most of us study so in the future we could study better”. (article and punctuation)
    5) How many times you were disturbed by the thought that it seems like everyone is doing something, but you don’t? (Double check your tag question, making sure it matches the auxiliary verb in the first part of the sentence)
    6) I want to end this blogpost by one terrible cliché. (Preposition choice)
    4.5/5

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  2. You are raising here one of those what’s-the-meaning-of-life questions. Probably I cannot answer it, though I often think about it. We went to university because we were supposed to do so; we couldn’t even imagine that there might be another way. This part of life is like “written in the cards”. But the weirdest thing is that even after graduating, when you are mature enough to decide for yourself, most of us (at least me) still follow a beaten track, and don’t make their own decisions. For example, right after graduating from university, I applied for a part-time programme in State and Local Management (whatever it means). And I got a degree in something I don’t care, not interested in and don’t even understand. Why did I do that? Because everyone else was doing so. Because everyone else was getting second degree. And I was not.

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  3. Thank you Sapar for the great post that raises the very important issue.
    On one hand, I agree with Makpal that it is the question of the meaning of life. On the other hand, I think the situation that Sapar described reflects how today’s’ education systems are indeed somehow broken. Unfortunately, I cannot disagree that most students experience those feelings: unguided, uncertainty. One of many reasons, in my opinion, we were always taught to be guided rather than being independent. Indeed, how far we can think independently and why we think in such way?! It reminds me the quote from French philosopher who said: “a true teacher doesn’t teach you to think like him, but to think without him”. Also, because of many standards in life including in education really pushes us to make such decisions, as Makpal said, just “because everyone else is doing so”.

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  4. Very interesting and unique topic Sapar! Thanks for raising it. Personally, I found it difficult to answer your question. The reason for that, having two bachelor degrees I am still studying, as I decided that masters’ degree is essential as well (I don’t know why, may be because everyone intends in getting it). As Makpal mentioned, our life is like “written in the cards”. We endeavor to adhere the rules that our parents suggest us or predecessors have followed. However, we can not blame anybody for it. Everything is entirely in our hands, and we just have to try to beat the track, and not to waste time in those things that we do not find useful for us. On the other hand, it is easy to say than do!

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