My University Education
When I decided to attend State University, I pictured university education as an "Ivory Tower". I thought that I would be able to drown myself in my studies and not be affected by everyday life. Boy was I wrong. I found out in the fall of my freshman year that university education isn't the Ivory Tower that I pictured it to be. I was working 32 hours each week and attending classes full time and therefore, didn't have the time to devote to my studies that I had wanted to.
When I look at my university education now, I can picture it as a trip that a family takes in the car. It's full of things that you want to see, things you don't want to see, and things you don't care about.
The family begins the trip by planning where to go and what to do. Similar to a university education, a person plans what major to pursue and what classes to take. Just as travel plans always change, university plans always change. The major that was chosen changes to a different major and classes that the student planned to take are exchanged for other classes.
Before the trip begins, just as the beginning of university education, there is excitement, anticipation, and nervousness. The traveler wants everything to go as planned but yet the excitement lies in the unexpected things. The times that are remembered are the times when the travelers got lost or had a bad hotel room, for example. Just as with a university education the fun times lie in the things that are not planned to happen.
As the trip begins, there is some time before the travelers get comfortable and settled...