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In your opinion, should you take college courses that have nothing to do your major?
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Posted 11/13/13

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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.








It also matters your schools study abroad program, if it has one, my college had a pretty decent program, or so I was told, and money wise it wasn't TOO much different than just a regular program. Money only became a factor when it came to how much you ended up buying while abroad, and then trying to bring it back to the states after the end of the program. XD
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1. In college currently.

2. Major is Math, which will soon change to Literature.

3. Athletes, definitely. We're building a new football stadium(even though the other one works fine) and ignoring things like buildings with poor heating, small space, tiny doorways, and slanted floors. (I put a ball at the end of a 50 ft long corridor and it rolled to a stop in the middle) Not to mention the building is unsafe for those with delicate internal medical equipment, the static shock is something out of this world.

4. For schools in the US, it's all about the money baby, research is first priority and teaching is second. At least here it is. Can't vouch for elsewhere, but I've heard similarly.


I take whatever peaks my interest, to learn random cool things is a passion of mine.
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Posted 11/13/13

Stonewolfe wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:





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.








It also matters your schools study abroad program, if it has one, my college had a pretty decent program, or so I was told, and money wise it wasn't TOO much different than just a regular program. Money only became a factor when it came to how much you ended up buying while abroad, and then trying to bring it back to the states after the end of the program. XD



Yeah true.
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Posted 11/13/13 , edited 11/13/13
In some situations, yes, but much fewer than you will currently be forced to take in undergrad.

I believe classes not pertaining to your major should be taken if:
-You are undeclared and looking for a major
-The class is obviously going to be useful (English in the US, for instance)
-You just feel like it for no real reason other than to take it

In the ideal case, you should be able to choose a major before entering college and choosing classes, then do nothing but take classes that have to do with your major. The current system that aims to make students more 'well-rounded' doesn't work. Philosophy majors taking theater courses and math majors taking painting classes and history majors taking calculus....so stupid.

1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?
I graduated last year.

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?
I majored in poetry. I started college in entomology but changed during the second year.

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?
Depends where your strengths lie, but I've never seen a college that pours more funding into athletics than academics.

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?
It kind of sucks. I already graduated, otherwise I'd give it a try. I hated having to take breadth courses. Actual classes that have to do with my major would have taken 2 years to complete. If they remove the force-feeding of breadth courses and allowed students to go straight into classes that have to do with their major, that would be awesome and not a waste of time. It could shorten college to 2 years, or even use all 4 years to really pound in important knowledge of a major into a student's brain for deeper learning.
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When I went to college they gave me the list of BS electives in the order of a "pick 2 from column A and 3 from B" system that were for my major, then they told me I could pick X other random electives, take 2 years of pig Latin, then my 2 years of lab science.
Then my listed math, English, and major-specific courses.

I enjoyed taking classes that had nothing to do with my major, I actually have a couple credit hours in an acupressure course!
Its a good break between all the complex mathematics and writing 50 page essays.

I would recommend majoring in something technology, science, or math related, since those seem to be where the jobs are.
Ignore the easy routes (communication) or the overpopulated majors (history), seeing as nobody seems to be hiring for much related to them.

Between the community college and the state University that I attended, neither seemed to give a rats patoot about me being sporty or in clubs and activities. Of course they care if you do good in your academics, you're an adult and they're not going to hound you or anything while you're taking classes, they may suspend you for a year or two if you fail bunches though.

I was going to be an Architect/drafting (lots of competition at the time, then while I was in CC I started the road of Psychology, burnt out on that and went to business, loss of funds and moved to Florida, worked dead end jobs and did a HVAC gig, joined the Navy and injured myself before getting to go to Japan, was going to go to a geology program, but tried my hand at an IT program.
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Posted 11/13/13
You can take four and sometimes more A Levels in the UK and I think this is still the same today... I'm not sure. Unless you are taking the sciences further, I believe you can study what you want for A Levels and it would be beneficial to you if you have take mathematics along with your three choices, you only need three two get into Uni. Pick easy stuff, I made the mistake of picking hard stuff and it's not worth it.

For Uni, you can major in anything if you are again not going into an industry that demands certain subjects for exemptions etc.. still, the best advice imo is don't waste time going straight to Uni, find a good job in the industry you'd like to end up in and let them pay for your university and consequent professional requirements for advancement.

If you want to be your own boss, pick your tailored mix of modules in Uni and take that loan to open the business of you choice immediately, no point wasting time.
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I'm majoring in Computer Engineering, but I don't really have time for any other classes that aren't required for my major, and I'm working most days.
Still maybe I should take some more interesting classes, but all my free times for anime mostly:)
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Are you talking about general education requirements? Most of those classes are extremely beneficial. They teach you valuable skills and general knowledge that will be of use for the rest of your life. I particularly like my school's gen ed courses (even though I still complain about them, haha). Besides basic math, English, science, ect., we have to take a world culture course, a computer basics course, an information literacy course, and an ethics course, amongst others. Most of these teach you skills and communication tools, not just academic knowledge. They are useful. (Though, I will say that I cheated a bit on gen ed, since a lot of my credits for gen ed courses transferred over from AP classes I took in high school.)

I also think taking other courses outside your major at your own discretion is a good thing. Broadens your horizons. And lets you experiment with different disciplines, in case you ever decide to change career paths or just find something outside your own discipline interesting. For example, I will be a History major, but I also love my school's courses on environmental sustainability. It's a small school, so only two professors teach all the courses in that area, and they are awesome. I am in Human Ecology now, to fulfil a gen ed requirement, but I find the class extremely fun and interesting and am looking into taking more environmental classes in the future.

1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?
I started college this year. I am a freshman.

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?
I will be a History major, specializing in public history, with a minor in business administration. I do not care about the naysayers who claim that history is useless. I love it, and it is what I am going to do.

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?
My school only has club sports, so no one cares much about university athletics here. We have a neat intramural basketball tournament ever year, though. With the larger public schools, I'd say that in some cases, athletics are prioritized because they bring in the most money. Not the best practice, but it happens.

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?
I live in the US. A degree is made up of general education requirements, major requirements, and elective courses. Generally, freshmen take gen ed stuff, and declare their major in their sophomore year. I would love to study abroad. I'm trying to stay in the honors program at my school so I can get funding to go overseas.
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I'm such an impatient person.
I just wanna degree in Journalism and move on with my life.
I hate standing still and seeing that my life isn't going like I want it to be.

Sorry about that.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I'm such an impatient person.
I just wanna degree in Journalism and move on with my life.
I hate standing still and seeing that my life isn't going like I want it to be.

Sorry about that.


No need to apologize, haha. That sounds rough. I suppose I can understand, though. The college process in the US could do with some streamlining. Sounds like you'd be happier in a system like the UKs. I believe a couple other posters have described what it's like there.

Personally, I don't want the college phase of my life to end. These are the last years I have to enjoy not having to work full time, not having to pay my own rent, not having to worry if I pay bills on time or can feed myself. But that's because I am young and privileged. I know it full well, and I'm scared to leave it. If you already have a lot to handle in your life outside of school, though, then it's totally understandable that you'd just want to move on.
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ya you may find something you rather do than your actual major

personally i totally regret my major lol because it wasn't practical... if i had tried a business class or just gone to different (bigger) school and tried lots of other subjects maybe i could have found something that 1) was practical and 2) i enjoyed

try different things, you may have a hidden interest in something you'd never guess ^^ if you're worried about grades you could just ask the professor if you can take it pass/fail or just sit in the class. ^^
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The only one you should take is intro Law, It's a really helpful class. Everything else is probably shit.
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Sogno- wrote:

ya you may find something you rather do than your actual major

personally i totally regret my major lol because it wasn't practical... if i had tried a business class or just gone to different (bigger) school and tried lots of other subjects maybe i could have found something that 1) was practical and 2) i enjoyed

try different things, you may have a hidden interest in something you'd never guess ^^ if you're worried about grades you could just ask the professor if you can take it pass/fail or just sit in the class. ^^


I actually like my majors.

I just wanted to finish community college then go to a nice university next I hopefully start my career. I hate staying in one place and not even close to reaching my dreams. I'm a bit idealistic about what I want in my future.

I'm too impatient.
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The only one you should take is intro Law, It's a really helpful class. Everything else is probably shit.


I can care less about people's bullshit.
Thank you for mentioning it though.
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Posted 11/13/13 , edited 11/13/13
It's absolutely ridiculous to me that classes having nothing to do with my major are required。

1 Currently in college。
2 Music Major。
3 I honestly don't really know, it depends on the university.
I think they should care more about art & music though。
4 Like the previous, it depends on the university itself so I cannot properly answer this question。
I would love to attend college in another country, new experiences。(^w^)v
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