It would be a topic already discussed during a weeknight, if not a conversation that everyone is hesitant to talk first. Procrastination (or the number of times you've missed the deadline) won't be the subject matter, but rather movies about college life.
Hollywood doesn't depict an accurate image of college life, and it doesn't mean that World Cinema would do better. ("La Chinoise" is about a group of French students who want to find out what is their position in the world and how to change it. Jean-Luc Godard's film may seemed a bit absurd after its release, but terrorism would lure young people to its cause. A frightening thought, even if movies like "Paradise Now" beg moviegoers to keep an open mind.) December is the beginning of the awards season, which culminates with the 90th Academy Awards (on March 4). No one will cite a movie on college life unless if it's "Good Will Hunting". What about college?
College students can relate to such scenes, if they are too preposterous to be true. (There must be a Stifler in our midst.) You can identify with the issues, if not the struggles. And a Marvel motion picture must not be seen on video. You rather think of a better thing to do on an uneventful Saturday afternoon. What would you like to talk with your roommate? How about movies over beer and chips? What's so special about it?
Why Do You Want to Watch These Films Again (and Again)
American Graffiti. George Lucas made a film about an evening of cruising, of high school graduates momentarily forgetting their entry into the university. Don't be surprised if you have a déjà vu moment, as the road trip should remind you of the uncertainties of the coursework. Dropping out is a possibility, as there will be doubts (about the worth of a college education). You go for a walk, if not find a way to make the most out of your gap year (or so you think). This is not a film for the fans of the American Pie series.
Inferno. There's a possibility that you'll write an essay on Dario Argento, who would achieve cult status on loud colors, unsettling music, and eye-popping production designs. "Suspiria" should come to mind. (And a remake is scheduled for release later this year.) "Inferno" is about a college student's investigation into a seemingly-unbelievable premise of trio of witches with unlimited powers and vast wealth, probably bent on ruling the world. It's a perfect topic after penning papers on auteur and his works for weeks.
Like Crazy. An American student falling for her British coursemate is dime a dozen, but it never fails to titillate lots of students. It's one of the perks of international students attending American universities, but you're the ambitious type. You're thinking of a student with a Gallic accent.
Monster University. Pixar Studio would know how to make fun of a stressful situation, but you wouldn't mind at all. After all, you need inspiration from any source.
Pitch Perfect. Not everyone may sing in harmony, but there's nothing like the triumph of the "female will". Give a hand to the Barden Bellas, who doesn't represent the marginalized populace in universities. It's about making memories with other students whom you call friends. The next one might be an exception.
Revenge of the Nerds. You insist that you're not a nerd, even if no one (in the department) really cares about it. Are you? This comedy can be guilty pleasure (whether you're a nerd or not).
Scream 2. There are several reasons behind teenagers being drawn to scary movies. They get the kick out of it, a probable reflection of their dull existence. It's like an exciting roller coaster ride, but you wouldn't dare try it. And authors have tried their hand on the Horror genre. You would keep on telling anyone you know that you're not a fan, but Wes Craven would know otherwise. His slasher picture prompts you to substitute pizza with (microwave) popcorn.
The Spanish Apartment. There's a strong appeal behind an apartment of students from various nationalities, and how they find a common language. The title wouldn't imply the Spanish language, not even English. If you're not looking for your best friend, then think of what might be danger for the likes of you. Warnings on theft (and not paying attention to it).
Urban Legend. Every place has its so-called urban legend, and the university has lots of it. (You must be warned that your tutor won't have time for such things.) It can be an icebreaker, if not a respite from conversations leading to the coursework. It may be someone from the Maintenance, if not a dorm mate that the rest pays little attention. This is a worthy topic along with self-esteem, football, and parties.
With Honors. Your thesis will cost you sleepless nights. It may put a strain on your relationship with some friends. You seem too tired to offer an explanation, so you recommend this drama.
Why First Year?
Your first year is relatively easier than your second year (or final year). There's dread on the inevitable, as writing your thesis would be one of those things. It's not an issue if you've been preparing for it. These movies (on college life) should help you gain insights on your higher years, if not a reminder that nothing can beat the real thing.
You're far from the pretentious know-it-all type of student, but it gives you satisfaction. If you've been treated like the ones above, then you know what to do. Indulge in it before you become interested in John Cassavetes. If you can be a fan of it, you might not have to watch these movies in its entirety. And you like what you're doing. The last one should give you a clue on how to be passionate about the coursework. It would be too late if you do it during your final year. (The may not be a time for it.)