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In your opinion, should you take college courses that have nothing to do your major?
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Explain in great detail.

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1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?

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YES! of course! College isn't just about going to school to get out into the work force and work the rest of your life. It's about having fun, expanding your normal way of thinking and increasing your intellect.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Explain in great detail.

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.



Bonus Questions:

1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?



Our college is kinda split into 2 schools, One is the trades school and the other I believe is for when students take transfer courses from college to university.

I got my first year for the pipe trades but that's it. I would like to see this through but if there are going to be no jobs, then I might look elsewhere.

I think our University is more focused on academics but it's also home to all of the good Athletics as well. Our college is more for people who are interested in the trades.

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Of course you should, I'm not sure if I will, but that's only because I take things not so serious, which is a mistake. It is a good thing to expand your views, as for now I've only started College first year:P
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I think everyone should take as many courses as they can, especially classes unrelated to one's major(s). Partly because you never know when something might be useful later in life, but also just because it's always a good idea to broaden your horizons. Maybe you might take a course that would encourage you to change majors, even! But if nothing else, learning more is never a bad idea, I think.

1) Graduated college back in 2000

2) My majors were Computer Science and Mathematics. I knew I wanted CS going into school, but found out I could add Math with just a few extra courses during my first course signup, so I had both listed basically the entire time I was at school.

3) My college had sports teams, but those weren't their focus for the most part. No surprise, since I went to a fairly small state college. Other schools.. it varies, unfortunately.

4) I'd be willing to go to school in another country. Many of my friends did a semester over in the UK, in fact (I didn't qualify at the time). I'm still willing to go back to school someday, but it'll probably be for the fun of learning, not for my career. So.. probably eventually!
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yes, even my computer science professor was like, expand, go do poetry or something.
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I've wondered about this for a while but is American college the same as college here in England where you study it after highschool/secondary school and you study at A-Level ?

But for the questions
1) I finished my version of college earlier this year and I'm going to University next year, this year I'm working a few jobs to pay for things I want to go to uni with (mostly for a car and the expensive software I need)

2) I have no clue what that means, I studied Games design and Development and it was a level 3 BTEC meaning that's the only thing I could take and it was pretty sweet xD

3) Well here allot of colleges and Unis can have a different focus and resources, it's why it's better to study certain subjects at different places

4) Well from the Beginning you have primary school then move up to secondary school at 11-12 years old then it's your choice to leave school at 16 or stay in education but they are making it compulsory to stay on until 18 now, But simply put it's Primary > Secondary > Sixth form/college > University. Depends on which country it is I would rather study in an English speaking country then I wouldn't have the stress of learning a new language while trying to complete a course, I learn quickly but couldn't deal with the language barrier, I'm also not he sort to expect everyone to speak English just to suit me.
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MakotoKamui wrote:

I think everyone should take as many courses as they can, especially classes unrelated to one's major(s). Partly because you never know when something might be useful later in life, but also just because it's always a good idea to broaden your horizons. Maybe you might take a course that would encourage you to change majors, even! But if nothing else, learning more is never a bad idea, I think.

1) Graduated college back in 2000

2) My majors were Computer Science and Mathematics. I knew I wanted CS going into school, but found out I could add Math with just a few extra courses during my first course signup, so I had both listed basically the entire time I was at school.

3) My college had sports teams, but those weren't their focus for the most part. No surprise, since I went to a fairly small state college. Other schools.. it varies, unfortunately.

4) I'd be willing to go to school in another country. Many of my friends did a semester over in the UK, in fact (I didn't qualify at the time). I'm still willing to go back to school someday, but it'll probably be for the fun of learning, not for my career. So.. probably eventually!



True. I'm impatient though.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

True. I'm impatient though.


Nothing wrong with that, either!

Even if you get through college as fast as possible, you can probably find time for a few weird/extra/fun classes, too... not sure how you feel about summerschool or intersession classes, but they're an option to either get boring classes out of the way, or take unrelated classes quickly to see what you think of them.
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In my opinion, it was a waste of time taking classes that didn't have anything to do with my major. And the classes that I felt were a waste of time were usually the classes I hated taking... such as calculus. But I suppose they can be useful to take if you aren't 100% sure that the major you picked is really the one you want to stick with. Its intended to give you a broader knowledge base but lets be honest... unless that class was a pre-req for your major, you're gonna forget almost everything you learned.



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Bonus Questions:

1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?




1. I'm in college

2. My major is Nursing. But I had another major I wanted to pursue :c

3. I've been to a community college and to me it didn't seem like they cared too much about athletics. I'm at a University now and I still think they don't care too much about athletics. But thats coming from someone that hasn't really cared about athletics at all so I didn't really think about it at the time.

4. Not sure what you mean about how it works.. but I'd probably opt out of going to college in a foreign country.
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What's the difference between AA/BA against AS/BS?

Former makes you have more general knowledge while the latter give you the know-around for an actual job and transitioning.
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MakotoKamui wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

True. I'm impatient though.


Nothing wrong with that, either!

Even if you get through college as fast as possible, you can probably find time for a few weird/extra/fun classes, too... not sure how you feel about summerschool or intersession classes, but they're an option to either get boring classes out of the way, or take unrelated classes quickly to see what you think of them.



I had classes that were "fun" but I screwed up in college. If I want to go back, I'm gonna need a job and to pay my student loan. I'm, mainly, rushing due to just wanting to reach towards my actual career goal.....writing novels.
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It depends. There are some courses out there that are really just a waste of time, while others actually teach you things about other areas and that knowledge might help you out in unexpected ways. It's also nice to take a wide range of classes if you don't know what to study. As for the other questions...

1. Yes, I'm a senior and will be getting my Bachelors degree pretty soon.
2. I'm a Psychology major.
3. Depends on the school. We have a couple teams we pride ourselves with, but its not a school where athletes are the focus.
4. I live in the states just like you (op). I live in a different state but I wouldn't imagine it would be too different.
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qualeshia3 wrote: in-your-opinion-should-you-take-college-courses-that-have-nothing-to-do-your-major?


Absolutely take more classes that have nothing to do with your Major, you'd be surprised how many classes are actually out there and what you may or may not actually enjoy. I've changed majors multiple times because of this as well.


Bonus Questions:

1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?


I've been in and out of college/university since 2008, I have no degree yet because I keep falling short in a lot of my classes (i'm quite the slacker) but I also only take a couple classes a semester due to money restrictions.


2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?


My major for the last 2 years has been Computer Science -> Game Design. But i've also done engineering courses, writing courses, and 3 different foreign language courses, none of which where the Gen Eds or part of my Computer Science major.


3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?


I won't say they care MORE for Athletics than Academics, especially since i'd say 95% of them require you to have a 75% (sometimes higher) GPA to even play in a sport. But if the University is known for being good in a certain sport, you can definitely see some major sportsmanship going on around that sport.


4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?


Hmm guess I can't answer this one because I really don't know how to explain US's system. As for going to a foreign countries... probably not... even if i went to a country whose language I could speak I wouldn't. Mostly because I am already a poor enough student in the US and I know for certain other countries have a more strict education system.
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Whenever I decide to go back to college, I'll still major in Journalism, maybe give Library science a try, and very much Creative Writing. I had to stop going to college due to finances/no job/screwing up.

I actually thought about wanting to study aboard. I just need to be wealthy but mostly lucky enough to have that happen to me.





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