20 Life Lessons From Quintessential College Movies

06/25/2015 11:52 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2015

The film industry has told us time and time again that college is the best four years of our lives. Truth be told, they’re right. Although summer brings much needed rest and rejuvenation, one can’t help but long for the fall semester to come along and restore the natural order of the world. If you can’t live it, watch it. Here are 20 takeaways from quintessential college movies.

The Graduate (1967)

They say you will never experience freedom like those moments right after graduating high school.

Until you realize true freedom is leaving home...

Legally Blonde (2001)

When you get to college you’ll learn that confidence is the key to success.

But there is a difference between confidence and cockiness.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

They say that 90% of what you learn in college is outside the classroom.

But that 10% will wear you out.

The Social Network (2010)

Ultimately, not every class is life changing.

But some will have you at the edge of your seat.

Animal House (1978)

You’ll learn from your classmates that “Toga” is the best party of the year.

And by best, they mean most intoxicated.

American Pie (1999)

Truth is, every college has its fair share of degenerates.

But at heart aren’t we all?

Van Wilder (2002)

Then again, some take it too far. Really Van Wilder?

No. Nothing to takeaway from him.

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

People will also tell you that it’s not worth having a relationship in college.

But sometimes it’s just inevitable.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

For the first time, you really have the chance to choose your friends.

Through thick and thin, they’ll be your rock.

Old School (2003)

So enjoy it while it lasts.

And make some memories.

Note: Yes, we realize some of these take place while the characters are in high school are shortly after they graduate, but we decided it was close enough because the storylines involved life in college.

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