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Why Am I Taking Classes That Don’t Apply To My Major?

Shakespeare get out of my life, you won’t help me get a job.

The point of college is to get a degree in a career we want to pursue, right? We choose a major, maybe a minor, and a concentration (whatever the hell that is) and then we take classes about it. Sounds simple and obnoxiously expensive. However, we have to take other classes … that don’t have anything to do with what we want.

Other classes that don’t pertain to my major suck. From the university perspective, it is supposed to widen my horizons. You know what? I don’t really care about Medieval Times Literature at 9 am. Neha, why did you choose that class? I didn’t have a choice, alright. There are hundreds of students trying to fulfill the requirements to graduate, you get what you can.

To be quite frank, I’m doing bad in these classes. Okay, it’s not like I’m failing, but I’m not bringing my A-game. I have zero interest in them, to begin with, so my focus is out the window. Out of the six classes, it is the least prioritized because I want to succeed in the classes that apply to my major. In my mind, I know my random science class will not get my foot in the door in the media industry. However, the copy-editing class certainly will.

If I’m being honest, I will probably not retain any information from the university-required classes. I am just doing the work to get it done. It is just another assignment I have to get done. It is not that I don’t care about my classes, I want to succeed. However, it is hard to be motivated when I am just not interested.

Last semester, I took a collage class. I know, an art class, sounds relaxing and easy. WRONG! It was the last class I prioritized because I felt like five essays were more important than cutting paper and gluing them on another piece of paper. I hope you see where I’m coming from.

The class was interesting because I got to explore textures and use paint. However, professors expect your best work regardless of the class. My effort was just not there some days. My professor was pretty cool though, he understood art assignments were the last one students complete. However, I knew I could have done a bit better if I did not leave it to the last minute.

Collage made by Neha Seenarine

I could finish school in two years. I could just take all my classes pertaining to my major and get my little degree that my mom will hang up in the living room. It is crazy to think I need to take about 50 classes through my college career just so I can get a piece of paper that won’t guarantee me a job.

Classes in college are hard. Classes in college that you don’t care about are harder. It is important to try your best because hard work does pay off even if it is a science class about rocks.


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