How Going to College is a Bit Like Driving in Massachusetts

I first have to start this post by apologizing for how egregiously late it is. At first, I just postponed it by a day and suddenly, the next thing I knew, it was 2 and a half weeks later. I'm sure many of you know that feeling.

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But on to the topic at hand. Around the time I was actually supposed to post this, I had to go drive into Needham in order to do some shopping. For those of you who don't know, Massachusetts drivers are completely insane. This particular quality is not helped much by the fact that most of the roads don't bother being straight and that there are 5 and 6 way non-right angle intersections everywhere. So in the approximately mile and half stretch of road that I drove between leaving Olin and returning, I managed to witness the following traffic shenanigans.

  1. Someone parking in the middle of an intersection. They had a green light, they pulled out looking like they were going somewhere, and then they just stopped. And then, when my side had a green light and I drove across, they decided to honk at me, as if I was the one at fault.

  2. An intersection that has a "right turn" light, but, in fact, has two "right turn" roads that lead away from it, and have lights at different times. It was quite fun to try and figure out when I got to go.

  3. A road entirely full of potholes from the ridiculous amount of snow that we've had here this winter.

  4. And, of course, the obligatory person trying to go 20 miles above the 30 mph speed limit right behind me.

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All of this got me to thinking about how college is a bit like my driving experience. Sometimes (but not often) there's people who decided to park in your way, and all you can do is either find ways to help them, or just go around them. You also may not know the exact way you want to go when you start out--there may be two right turns which both look correct and you just have to guess which one is really the one you want. If it's not right, well, then you just come back and go at it again. And sometimes there will be people who are encouraging you to do things you may not want to do (tailgating you) and you just have to keep to your convictions and continue on.

Overall, the road through college is a little bumpy and full of potholes at times, but at the end you'll be feeling pleased that you made it through, and you'll have some good stories to tell about it.

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