OT Thread Part IIX: The How Do Roman Numerals Work? Edition
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12-19-2012, 01:51 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
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Felt the same about going to college, and almost failed out freshman year. I got my degree in Accounting which I loved taking those classes, but I went to a Jesuit college, and some of the core classes that are required by everyone to take were so tedious it was painful to be there. Sitting in an 8 AM religion class or philosophy class or art history were just terrible.
Hopefully, going in you have a major, and can look forward going to those classes, and I was lucky enough to have some good business teachers. I never thought I would survive college, but then I got my Bachelors in Accountancy and had so much fun went back to get my MBA which I completed last year.
Good job on the MBA. I'm sure I'll be going back within the year, but I agree with most of what you wrote. Major problem for me was I had no focus in mind and hadn't chosen a major (well, I had, but I started as an English major because... I just love to read and write) and simply just didn't want to be there. I wanted to be playing college hockey and socializing, but I didn't want to be a student. And it turned out being an English major wasn't about reading and writing; it was about tediously picking apart and analyzing everything which you were assigned and COULD have enjoyed, but instead were forced to write numbingly dry analysis of. Even more ironic than the prospect of me going back to school is the fact that I'll probably take some education classes and take steps to get certified as a teacher because... one of the only things I can see myself doing is becoming a teacher and striving to make my class the complete opposite of everything I hated as a student. Here and there throughout my academic career, just as you described, I ended up in classes that were truly enjoyable. The potential for education to be engaging and enjoyable exists but the approach is usually terribly disengaging. Part of the reason I'd like to teach is to keep kids like myself from becoming so disengaged and giving them a reason to continue to do well in school rather than allowing themselves to lose interest and coast until they are just a middle of the pack student with a substandard academic resume.
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