Going to College

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Many parents around the world dream of sending their child to college, and then watching them get a diploma. The truth is, most people think going to college is a splendid experience. But really, it is not all that exceptional, and as Helen Keller quotes in her book Helen Keller: The Story of My Life, “I soon discovered that college was not quite the romantic lyceum I had imagined” (103) Therefore, Helen Keller believes that going to college is not an essential experience. It is more beneficial for people to experience something, rather than to have it just being taught, as most colleges do. As Helen Keller says, “It is possible to know a flower, root and stem and all, and all the processes of growth, and yet to have no appreciation of the flower fresh in heaven’s dew” (108) This shows that even though students are informed of much relevant information in college, they do not have opportunities to experience the delight of nature. This is because Helen uses an example of how people can acquire such knowledge, but never actually get a chance to truly understand it. The lack of perspicacity in a university of learning is a major drawback, but she states that a lack of time also decreases the likeliness of college. When students attend college, professors give them vast amounts of homework and exams, which does not leave a student with much extra time. Keller, when discussing the disadvantages of college states “The one I felt and still feel most is lack of time. I used to have time to think, to reflect, my mind and I” (104) This shows that even though there is plenty of “learning time” in college, “thinking time” is lacking. Helen also thinks that in college, there is not nearly enough time to think about the information that you are learning, which implies that she did not think very highly of how her time in college was spent. Judging by her perspective on the
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