College Classes are not just About your Career

November 28, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

Class registration. What a stressful time. Are you going to get all your classes? You better, because if not you’re going to be pushed 4 semesters behind everyone else. You just checked if there were any holds preventing you from registering, but what if one just popped up in the last 30 seconds? It probably did, you better go check on it. As you reach your senior year, you realize that registration is still stressful, but maybe not as much as you once thought. It’s all going to work out – fill up your degree audit, complete your credits, and you’ll be good. In the meantime, try to take as many interesting classes as you can, even if they don’t particularly pertain to your major.

A lot of schools will want you to take a seminar or two, usually in your first few years attending college. This is a good time to take a class you’re interested in. Since the generic idea behind a seminar is to teach you to write at a college level, the topics of these classes are typically varied. When I took my first years seminar, I took the Ethics of Harry Potter. It took the philosopher Aristotle’s works and compared the teachings to the moral dilemmas in the Harry Potter series. There were a good amount of papers, but that’s to be expected in a writing-intensive course.

Physical Activities
While gym class was dreaded for the most part in high school, some colleges offer course in sports that allow you to just show up and blow off some steam. No one liked the kids that took the class too seriously, or the teacher that wanted you to go back to class sweaty and smelling like hot trash. But these classes are not like this. I took both Badminton and Volleyball and enjoyed both of them very much – it was nice not having to worry about work outside of class for once. These types of courses are best taken with friends.

Studio Classes
If you have room in your schedule, take a studio class. Some of these would be radio production, television production, video editing, or even an art studio class. The advantage to these types of classes is that you’re getting hands-on experience at a skill you may not have tried yet. They typically aren’t too demanding, though they usually meet for longer periods of time than a regular class, so you’ll have to make sure you have time in your schedule for the course.

When you are stressing out about registration, thinking you’re not going to get one of those only two open seats, just remember, it won’t mean the end of the world for you. You can still get credits in these easy, fun, and interesting classes. If you’re tired of the typical sit-down, lecture, take notes, write papers, take exams format of college classes, these are some really great ways to break the from the typical schedule and keep your college career interesting, and still on track.


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