Good Will Hunting Taught Me 12 Things About Navigating College
Good Will Hunting was the breakout movie, written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, that solidified them both as actors and writers. The film was about a custodial worker, Will Hunting, (Matt Damon) who just, you know, happened to be a genius. A professor (Stellan Skarsgard) discovers this when he solves a difficult equation left on the classroom chalkboard.
The professor arranges for Will Hunting to study mathematics and see a therapist (Robin Williams) to avoid incarceration after having beat up a childhood bully. The focus of Good Will Hunting is on college education so naturally I learned a lot about navigating college from it. The story is about overcoming circumstances in order to reach your fullest potential and serves a discussion about class privilege and higher education. Good Will Hunting is just one of those movies you watch for three reasons: to get inspired, to have a good cry or to bask in Ben Affleck’s Boston accent. It’s a triple threat, if you will.