In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher leaves places, routines and people with which he is familar. What is one experience that is similar to someone attending...

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Christopher leaves places, routines and people with which he is familar. What is one experience that is similar to someone attending college?

What is one experience that Christopher went through that someone might go through when they are first attending college?

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In this novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with an autistic boy at its center, Christopher presents a challenge for everyone around him.  One experience which is like first attending college is studying for his exams and passing the exam the first time.  Christopher also defies his parent to seek out the killer of the dog and then to seek out his mother.  Defying a parent seems to be part of the college freshman year as the young adults must make decisions on their own. Christopher has a doubly difficult task in that he must let his father try to re-establish a different relationship with him after feeling so betrayed by his father.  For a young man with Asperger's Syndrome or autism, this would be especially difficult. For freshmen in college, creating that new relationship with parents is also difficult.  All of these are similar to a college freshman's experiences in some way.

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