General Education In College Sucks, Fact

General Education In College Sucks, Fact

These classes are useless.


Coming from a freshman in college, I have a lot of experience in this area. I took very few AP classes in high school, and I am awful when it comes to perfecting the art of navigating standardized tests. So for the AP tests that I did take, they did not go so well. Let's put it this way: I'm in an English related major and I didn't even get credit for English. Yeah, that bad. But how does that even make sense? How can I want to pursue writing as a career, but I didn't get credit on a test that is examining your ability to understand literature. It's because students shouldn't be put under all that pressure and expected to do well on a test that's four hours of constant concentration. What if they were having an off day? Or they genuinely cannot focus because everything they've been working towards is all going to be for nothing if they don't do well. However, that's a whole other rant for another time.

I'm here to talk about general education in college. I agree that for some students, it is extremely helpful. It can potentially guide them in picking a major if they're undecided. I totally get that. What I don't get is how every student is required to take these classes, even if they know it's not what they want to do. I'm sorry but, as a filmmaking major, I do not need to know what photosynthesis is or what the Pythagorean Theorem is. Instead of taking classes that have to do with my major as a freshman, I'm pretty much reliving high school with all of these required Gen-Eds.

Speaking of high school, I remember taking calculus during my junior year. Which, for anyone who took calculus, you know that it's literally hell on earth. But anyway, I just remember wanting to get to college because then I could take classes that I'm really interested in. If I could go back to that moment in my life, I would just laugh in her face because I'm not only taking the same kind of classes, I'm paying to take these classes again. (Well… my parents are, thanks, mom and dad!) I really don't understand how learning about the life of plants in biology and relearning fractions and decimals in math - and yes, that is a real college class I'm taking - will help me improve in the future. I already suffered through all of those things in high school. I came to college to get a higher education, not the same education.

So that's my rant on this particular subject. I do understand that Gen-Eds are helpful for some people who don't know what they want to do, but I'm just not one of those people.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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