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Why Literature is Important for All College Students

“Christopher Robin”, an upcoming Disney film, was based from A.A. Milne’s son, who happened to be Christopher Robin. That he was unhappy about Winnie the Pooh, which Milne made up from Robin’s childhood, could come as a shock to fans of Milne’s children books. Don’t expect Walt Disney Studios (and director Marc Foster) to depict this dark site of this father-son relationship. And it might be important for those who are huge fans of Winnie Pooh and his adorable gang.

The above trivia won’t be good enough for a reason for college students to think of literature seriously. It should be a different case with B.A. English major students, and those who are pursuing a dual degree, but they might not have a choice. They want it. The rest (of the student populace) may not think the same way. As a matter of fact, they would have different reasons for reading a book. It should be the best alternative to social media (or students getting too tired of checking their accounts). They don’t want to miss the conversation when that book would be adapted to the big screen (or play). It should beat sleeping pill. You rather be honest with your tutor, who might find it hard to conceal the disappointment. How about a romantic touch?

Books could be good companions, keeping you distracted whenever you feel lonely. If you’re thinking of many things (and you need a breather), then you can retreat to a corner (and read a book). You may notice something after you finish the book. You might have changed, but you couldn’t tell if it would be for the better. A visit to a book store may resolve the issue. These reasons should increase your chances of getting an unconditional offer, but you must cite something else. After all, reading and writing make up the coursework.

What Will Your Professor Tell You

Literature transcends all disciplines. Umberto Eco managed to create a suspenseful, if not apocalyptic, yarn from scientific reasoning and enlightenment while penning “The Name of the Rose”. (You might be going too far if William of Baskerville would remind you of the novice nun in “The Nun”.) There would be a book on politics (e.g. “The Prince”), music (e.g. “The Phantom of the Opera”), and sports (e.g. “The Natural”), which would make good topics during a party (organized by a friend of your roommate). It might depress you after you have drank your third can of beer, wishing that the producers of “Jeopardy!” would wait for you. All the time you spend on reading (and writing your essays) won’t go to waste, as there’s a good chance that the knowledge could be used elsewhere. Teaching is rather obvious, but not all students are aspiring an academic career. How about opening your mind? You might not have thought of it, but you should be amazed if you think long and hard about it. You become aware of your seemingly boundless capabilities, which might reflect on your CV. That would be a great start.

You need good books to understand the human experience. You aren’t interested in Anna Karenina’s conflicted feelings, not even want to know more of Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich. If you can’t relate to any of these characters, then there’s no need to put yourself in their shoes. You have a deadline to beat, though. You’re about to voice out your complain when you realize something else. Does reading a classic make you feel good? If you answer in the affirmative, then it can lead you to something. Does it prompt you to write down your favorite quotes? It can be useful. Does it make you wish that a certain characters is alive? You may be asking for too much, yet you’re attempting to pierce into the author’s mind. Make sure that you won’t get lost.

A really good novel can tell you who you are (and whom you must hang out with). Traveling is arguably the best way for self discovery, but not everyone can afford it. (If they really do, then it might get lost in the selfie.) Not a few take it for granted, not realizing how lucky they are. Reading is genuine compared to traveling, and how it affects you can make you decide what you’re really looking for. It doesn’t mean that you must be picky. You get out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing. You become aware of something, which is not a deadline that you’re about to miss. And you can something connect to students (who feel the same way).

What Your Professor Won’t Tell You

Everyone read a book, if not read lots of books. There comes a time that they get tired of it, if not dislike it. It’s a natural feeling whenever the coursework is becoming more demanding, but you might not have thought of another thing. You haven’t found out the kind of books that you want to read again (and again). If you do, then the stress could have made you overlook it. You’ll get back to it. You’ll find out (and your professor doesn’t have to help you on this one). That’s literature for you.

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