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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6 Quotes To Help Get You Through Midterms

Midterms suck. Here's something to get you through them.

Midterms suck. We all know it, and we all feel it. Midterms are that thing that takes over your life for two weeks, and you pour your whole heart and sole into them just to do it all over again a month later.

So here are some quotes to get you through your first round of Spring midterms:

1. "Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched." - Mindy Kaling

It gets dreadful sitting in the same spot in the same place for hours on end, but you got this.

2. "If you were able to believe in Santa Clause for like 8 years, you can believe in yourself for like 5 minutes." -Unknown

After all, confidence is key during an exam, other than knowing the material.

3. "Embrace the glorious mess that you are." -Elizabeth Gilbert

It's okay if things get a little messy because you're gonna kick butt on exams.

4. "Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it." -Unknown

Nothing beats messy hair and coffee. Own it.

5. "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." -Carlos Castenada

Put your work into your classes and into positive mental health. Nothing else.

6. "Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot." -Tom Haverford

Get through midterms, and the the rest is history.

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Life is Easy When Your Major is a Party Major

Disclaimer: This article isn't a sarcastic one AT ALL.

You may be wondering why I chose to write this article and what exactly a “party major” is. Well firstly, I’m writing this article as a sort of “I give up” when it comes to talking to other people about my major. Yup, you heard me correctly, I’m waving the white flag to all of the narrow-minded people around me that like to act like they know everything about something that has nothing to do with them. You win, this article is my final declaration of how wrong I’ve been about myself this entire time and proof of how right you were all along.

Secondly, I’d like to define what a “party major” exactly is. Before today, I thought I grasped this concept pretty well. A “party major” to my knowledge was a major that is so easy that even a person who partied day and night could still maintain good enough grades to stay in college and continue to party. This means that no real effort is required and no real future after college is needed- just pure fun and no stress.

So after looking at my major and evaluating all of the work I put into homework, quizzes, tests, exams, papers, and all of the parties I DON’T go to, it seemed to my calculations that my major does not = a party major. But since my major isn’t anything mathematical, scientific, or “important” whatsoever, I guess I’m not smart enough to get those kinds of calculations about the things that matter in life, correct after all. So cheers to YOU, the “non-party major,” for putting me in my place, yet again, and this is my final battle cry.

Remember that thing called "high school" that everyone had to go to before entering college? Ah yes, the times where you were forced to take every type of class, even the ones you had no interest in, and you were graded on how well you could memorize information and take tests. It’s not like high school was supposed to be used for anything useful, like I don’t know, trying to decide what you like and what you want to do for the rest of your life. Ah no, that would just be ridiculous! And it’s not like I actually pushed myself at all in high school to get good grades in the classes I didn’t like. Why would I do that? I didn’t even take AP Chemistry, Biology, Literature, Calculus, or European History and get straight A’s in all of them, that would just be too hard for me considering I’m a Communication Studies major and I like to take the easy way out.

I like to read books not because I’m interested in them, but because I have to. I’m not passionate about writing at all, I actually hate it and just enjoy wasting my own time and other people’s time when they read what I write. Why would I want to be successful, happy and absolutely love what I do, when I could major in something more important and what you consider “harder” to live a life full of misery and hatred? Sounds like fun. You’re right, all the people like me just don’t have the ambition to do something hard, so we continue to work jobs to waste our own money and sometimes even our parents’ money when we have to pay off tuition and student loans for a good portion of our lives.

I love my “party major” so much, that’s why I decided to take on another one at the same time. I’m double majoring in Communication Studies and English just so I can have twice the fun and twice the time to party, not because I like to challenge myself and get the most out of my college education. Passion, who needs it? Passion is just another stupid cliche that us millennials shouldn’t use as an important device when trying to plan out the rest of our lives. I think we should all just look at the generations above us- our parents and even our parents’ parents- and fall into miserable 9 to 5 jobs like them in order to achieve some fake happiness.

I totally agree with the statement that English and communication skills aren’t useful at all. It’s not like we use different words, phrases, and expressions in our everyday lives to get our point across to people. It’s not like the authors of your textbooks had to be the list bit coherent or literate to write down things in a way that was easy for you to understand an important concept. It’s not like we have to be able to communicate effectively to important people in a job interview, or in a workplace, or even to gain someone’s respect. Why would we want to be able to understand something intellectual that our professors or higher-ups are saying, when we can just copy it down and memorize it for a test. Ignorance is bliss.

Now this article is not intended to be a jab at any majors other than my own- like I said, it’s my final resignation. I wrote this to take the time to criticize my own majors, something I actually know a little bit about, rather than going out of my way to criticize another person’s major that they might care deeply about. It’s not like I can use what I know and what I’m in the process of learning to do anything effective or significant with my life. It’s not like you clicked on this article and got to this point in it because you actually care about what I have to say. It’s not like I’d rather be measured by my abilities and my success in the future, instead of being thrown into the same category as the people who didn’t take their life or education seriously. And I certainly don’t think my thoughts and ideas have any sort of authority or power over anyone else, even though I have the platform and the voice to write about things like this, and you don’t. I really wrote this article because I have so much free time on my hands. After all, life is easy when your major is a party major.

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