Here is another expensive thing that colleges force you to do. General education courses (Gen-eds) make up the first 1.5 to 2 years of college. The main thing (to me) that these courses teach you is that everything you learn in college is not important. From gene-eds, I remember the quadratic formula from college algebra, the three types of rocks from geology, and Thomas Jefferson was a deist. These unnecessary courses will only cost thousands of dollars though…
Besides being expensive and wasteful of time, the professors of these courses will often act like they do not care about teaching lowly freshmen. The broadness of the subjects doesn’t allow them to go as intellectually in-depth with the students and the professors do not like this. If I offer one point of advice, get used to PowerPoint slides with little elaboration or explanation. PowerPoint presentations will make up 90 percent of your freshmen year.
Without trying to come across jaded, I believe that gen-eds teach you the process to succeed in college without having to learn the material. If you know how to write an essay, you don’t need to remember anything you wrote about. If you know how to study for a test, you won’t even think to remember the material you “learned.” If you learn the process and know what professors are interested in seeing from you, college can be a breeze. Maybe, I caught on early. Maybe, I’m the only one who caught on. Who knows?
Tips to Remember
- Know how to study for a test and write an essay before you come to college.
- Understand that these classes are gateways into your major so don’t mess them up that bad.
- Go to class and you’ll pass.