Why do students find the humanities boring?

Why Do Non-Humanities Students Find Humanities Boring?

My whole life, I always thought that history and literature were the most fascinating thing in the world. Apparently, others don't feel the same way.

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I grew up in a mostly STEM oriented family. My dad has his doctorate in abstract mathematics, my mom works in medicine, and my younger sister looks like she's going the math direction as well. My extended family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins, mostly went the way of business and social sciences, largely because one does in fact need a way to make a living, and that way usually involves more lucrative careers than those associated with literature and history.

STEM or not, my family still prized the humanities as I was going through school. My mother loved to read in childhood, and continues to do so, and my dad has a true fascination with history and knowing all the background to any situation. The humanities were important and interesting in my family, even if you weren't studying them. So it came as a shock to me to learn that, for a lot of people, this is not the case.

Not only do most people not care about classical literature, but they also find it... boring. A girl in one of my classes recently told me that, though she plans to become a lawyer, she is uninterested in American history (which is quite necessary in order to learn the very core of American law). In my public speaking class, we were told to contemplate topics on which to give an informative speech that we feel would be of interest to others. We were asked to share these with the people around us, and I found that no one wanted to hear about the life and influences of James Joyce or John Steinbeck. I was disappointed. Not only do people not want to seek out what they deem "useless" humanities related information, they're simply bored by it.

I have a couple of responses to this. Number one, it doesn't matter how "boring" I find computer science, I still plan to take a class on it willingly in order to improve my skillset. I might hate biology, but I'm forced to take a basic class in it in order to understand some fundamentals about the world. So there's that.

But in addition to all that, how depressing and horrifying is it to discover that our society has become so technologically focused, that we no longer care about books and history? The humanities are what makes us "human" so to speak. At its peak, every civilization is characterized by a burst in appreciation for the arts and humanities. Our civilization seems to be at a high point, so why are humanities less important than ever?

I believe that the reason lies in our arts and humanities education. I have never met someone who found a history class boring when it was taught by a brilliant teacher, and I am sure that reading books that relate more to students in English classes would change their view of what they deem to be "required reading books." Perhaps what we should worry about more than anything in our society today is why so many students feel that the humanities are nonessential to their growth and development. There was a time when every university dedicated its resources to teaching all the basic philosophy, art history, and classic literature to its masses of students. Why is that no longer a priority in this day and age?

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How Happiness In A Relationship Is So Important

What is the happiness and love that we as individuals deserve when it comes to our relationship?

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It's different for each of us. Some prefer being showered in gifts, being showed off on social media, bragged about to family and friends. But, what is the one thing that all of those have in common?

That would be the unmistakable amount of love your significant other has for you, that they will do anything to show you that they love you unconditionally. We all show our love for one another in various ways. I for one love being shown the love someone else has for me in small things they do.

It could be a simple 'good morning love' text message or even just a hug out of the blue. Knowing that someone cares so deeply about you is one of life's greatest gifts. Knowing that another human being loves you and wants to be with you, it makes us drunk off of love and our heads float up to the stars.

However, when we don't feel that love, that connection, that reassurance from our significant other that they love and care for us back, it can be an extremely overwhelming and a lonely feeling.

We start looking for those feelings and connections elsewhere. In our friends for reassurance if we look good or blowing up their phones for attention.

We start caring about if other people find us attractive or not, we relish in compliments that other people give us. We start looking for that happiness elsewhere. It's not because you stop loving your significant other or stop caring about them, but we as humans need to feel important and like we are needed by another person.

When you stop letting your significant other know how much you care about them or showcasing your love for them, even if it's a simple gesture like holding their hand or holding the door open for them, they will begin to look elsewhere.

Now I am in no way saying that they will cheat on you, but your relationship and their attitude and feelings towards you will never be the same until you start showing them how much they mean to you just as much as they do for you. I don't condone cheaters or staying in a relationship that you are not happy in.

Yes, some relationships go through hard times like distance or a traumatic event. However, the way I see it is if you entered into the relationship, to begin with, you obviously cared about that person a lot and if they show you that they care and love you for the person you are and your past then they deserve the same in return from you.

Relationships are not always easy, they take time, determination, communication, compromise, and love to stay afloat. If one of you isn't willing to give your all and put forth the effort needed then it will never work. A relationship can't be successful if it is only one-sided.

Despite peoples life's being busy on a day to day basis, you need to always find time for your significant other. Because at the end of the day when things hit the fan, your significant other should be the one that will be there no matter what and always be by your side.

All in all, you need to treat each other the way in which you would want to be treated in a relationship and treat them the way they should be treated despite whatever chaos is going on in the world about you. Love is the conquer of all and should never be thrown around or not taken seriously.

Loving someone else is a gift we are given by God and never taken lightly.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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