Here's Why You Should Appreciate Your Core Courses

Here's Why You Should Appreciate Your Core Courses

You may not enjoy it in the moment, but in the end it will benefit you.

Depending on where you attend college, you will experience a whole slew of classes. Some you'll enjoy, despite the challenge, and others you'll despise even though it might be an easy A. You may learn a different language, or about a specific period and area of history which may not even relate to your major or minor, but are extremely important to becoming a more well-rounded person.

Maybe I'm biased because of the liberal arts education I am receiving, but I believe many of those little courses that are requirements are very important to not your career, but just to being a well-educated person in general.

We all have that one class.

For me, it was Philosophy, which I just can't understand why we have to take. Yes, we wrote many papers which improved my writing, but I could have just done that in an English class. Why did I need to learn about all of these philosophical ideas and theories that were way too deep for me really understand? If not for my entertaining professor, that class most definitely would have been a major struggle.

But as a sophomore, as I reminisce about my freshman year schedule, in which I got most of my core requirements over with, I realize there was a purpose for all of that. I was exposed to many subjects that I would have never considered to take on my own. I was forced to read many classics, that although I respected, I never really had the urge to read or interpret. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a well-rounded person.

For example, my history requirement was assigned to my first semester freshman year. I really had no say in the professor or topic; it just appeared on my schedule as a done deal. I'd always had an interest in history, so this wasn't a big deal. I may have not traditionally chosen the topic of the class, which focused on how Islam has interacted with the western world throughout centuries, but now I can confidently discuss that topic with a multitude of audiences. It also allowed me to understand current events more and even help explain to my family members the tensions and events behind the current events in our world.

So as you're making your schedules, or searching through the course directory at your school, or complaining about this class that has absolutely no use to you, think of the future conversation you'll be able to have due to this new found education.

This is not to say just take a bunch of random courses in college. You are here to major in something and eventually find a career, but don't discount those required classes that you have no interest in. Hey, I'm the person that struggles with nearly every technological aspect of my life and I'm taking a computer science class next semester so...believe in yourself.

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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To The High School Class Of 2018, Brace Yourself For Some Cliché Advice

Every graduate will hear these sayings at least once, or a million, times.

Class of 2018:

It is here. You are leaving high school, and you’re never ever looking back, right? Well, you have to make it through graduation first.

A year ago, I was right where you are now — not-so-patiently waiting for the “big day” of grabbing my diploma and my independence. Along the way, I encountered countless people who wanted to give me advice. You will too. As people constantly pour congratulations over your head like a big jug of Gatorade after the Super Bowl, you’ll hear a few cliché phrases over and over (and over and over and over).

Everyone will tell you, “These are not the best days of your life.” Now, this is true — you will make new memories and have those “best days of your life” that adults always tell you about. But it’s ok to be sad. I worried that missing some parts of high school was unhealthy. News flash: It’s not. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. High school is all you have known to this point and these are your only (therefore, your best) memories.

“Live it up,” they say. “You’ll never get these moments back.” True. However, some people hate high school and sprint out the door the minute they grab that diploma. If this is you, you’ll find your place somewhere else. Thank goodness for the incredibly absurd clubs in college — join the Quidditch team, the hammocking club or the esports clan.

“Keep in touch!” As hard as you may try, it is impossible to keep in touch with everyone from high school. There will be friends that you speak to every day, but there will be many, many more that you no longer talk to at all. So when the girl that sat next to you in chemistry tells you she will call, don’t take it personally when you hear nothing out of her until your distant high school reunion.

“Go forth and make your mark on the world,” says every graduation speaker. Ever. This one is so overused that I just cannot express my confusion over why people still say it. Side note: If you are speaking at graduation, and you have this written in your speech, cross it out. You’ll thank me later.

Here’s a bonus for all the graduates still dating their high school sweethearts: There’s nothing wrong with staying with your high school love, no matter how many times people say, “No one marries the person they date in high school.” That said, there’s also nothing wrong with you if your high school relationship fizzles.

And finally, “Today marks the first day of the rest of your life.” HA! Every day is the first day of the rest of your life, right?

High school culminates on this one final day where all the graduates say goodbye to their friends and the parents and grandparents wish luck upon their little babies. Everyone has their piece to say. Here's my non-cliché advice: do what you want and spend time with the people you love. It doesn't get any better than that.

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