The Quotable Nerdy Chick: College Quotes

Because we had a lot of interest in the last college-related post, I thought it’d be fun to feature college-related quotes this week. Man, what a task! I found tons of quotes about college. But most of them were very…. jaded… to say the least. Sure there are things I’d change about my own college experience, but do I wish I hadn’t gone to college: No! Did my education help me get a job: Yes! (Okay, truthfully, I did have to get a MA to get a real job, but I couldn’t have done that without college first.)  The point is, there is a dearth of inspirational college quotes, so if any of you have something witty and uplifting about your college experiences, there is room for your wisdom in the bank of quotes out there. Of course some quotes are collected just because they are funny. Like the last one here. True, but funny.

Quotes About College

A liberal-arts education is supposed to provide you with a value system, a standard, a set of ideas, not a job.
Caroline Bird

For college seniors there should be a week of being allowed to cry. Just break down and cry because you are scared and don’t know what’s next. Bill Cosby

My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions. Maya Lin

I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. Steve Jobs

I went to college because I didn’t have anywhere else to go and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there I was exposed to this world that I didn’t know was possible. Tom Hanks

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.  W.H. Auden

We’d love comments about your college experiences! 😉

8 comments on “The Quotable Nerdy Chick: College Quotes

  1. rnewman504 says:

    When I went off to college, I remember my dad saying, “This is your time. It’s up to you how you want to use it.” I went to Bryn Mawr with both my sisters and it was probably the best four years of my life–aside from the obvious, marriage, birth of child, passing bar exam, and selling my first book, yadda yadda. 🙂

    • kamikinard says:

      Hooray for those four years! If you went on to law school, you used your time wisely. Great advice, Dad!

      • rnewman504 says:

        Law school was helpful, in the sense, that it helped me realize that I liked to write. But practicing law isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that you won’t figure out until you’re done with law school.

      • kamikinard says:

        I know several other attorneys who stopped practicing law to write. One of them is already a national book award winner!

  2. MaryZ says:

    I loved college (yay, Ohio University!). During my junior year, I was unhappy about some of my classes, so I attended a summer semester in Rochester. The plan was to finish college a quarter early. But, when spring of senior year came, I couldn’t leave! I took karate (I thought it would help protect me in NYC) and kiddie lit. On the final day, I cried all the way out out of town, not because of fear, but because of the good friends I was leaving behind.

    • kamikinard says:

      I’m sure you’re not alone in your experience, Mary. The experiences that cause tears are often some of the best.

  3. PS Mullen says:

    I went to college thinking it was where I would learn how to do what I wanted to do; but it turned out to be the place where I learned how to learn, so that later, when I found out what I was meant to do, I was prepared to learn how to do that.

  4. kamikinard says:

    Hmmm. Me too! We must think alike…

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