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Kindergarten Counterparts

Alicia Smith | Sunday, September 13, 2009

In a recent conversation with my five-year-old sister, I discovered something that I had never considered before. We were discussing her kindergarten class and the variety of things they do every day. As she was talking, I compared my school life to hers. I discovered that kindergarten and college have more similarities than I would have ever imagined.

For instance, my sister, a kindergartner, gets to take a nap every day. Likewise, college kids frequently take naps. Naps are a staple to college life, just like they are to a kindergartener.

While I continued talking to her, I discovered a variety of common themes between kindergarten and college. Each day, my sister gets a snack while in school and then has recess. Since I’ve been in college, I’ve found that I eat quite a bit more than I do while I’m at home. I am constantly snacking. My new eating obsession may be due to boredom, or it may just be that I burn more calories walking everywhere. Regardless, snacks are a must, especially while in class.

As for the recess bit, how often do you see students throwing a Frisbee, shooting hoops or passing a football outside while walking around campus? We still have time for fun, even while we are at a place of academics.

Another parallel I found between college and kindergarten lies within the students themselves. In kindergarten, everyone always got along with one another. Now that I am in college, I have realized how nice it is to leave the drama of high school behind. There are not as many cliques in college, and for the most part, everyone pretty much gets along. There is a sense of community on campus, just as there is in a kindergarten classroom.

One other thing that struck me was the way my sister described her first day. As she told me the tale of her having to leave her mom behind with a quick wave as she walked into a world full of new faces and exciting adventures, I was reminded of my first day of college. As my mom left, I was forced to face the college world all on my own. I waved goodbye, and mom drove off.

Though college and kindergarten may seem to have many differences, it is really just a matter of perspective. For example, although boys no longer have cooties, there are many times where I am glad to live in an all women’s dorm building. No offense guys, but the female dorms just smell better.

I’ve found that once again I enjoy watching Disney movies, as they are a sense of comfort to me. I have a collection of Dr. Seuss books, which I nostalgically read from time to time. So even though we are in our late teens and early twenties, the age does not matter. I have realized that no matter how old I get, I am always going to be a kid at heart.