Well, the night before last I did something I thought was damn near impossible for me. I passed my final math class! It took two tutors and five weeks of nightly frustration but I passed with a B-. Yes this is my first B, but really, I am not complaining, I am celebrating. I passed a college math class that included Sets, Venn diagrams, advanced algebra and geometry. During these last five weeks I kept thinking “is this truly necessary for a humanities degree?
Over the last few years the powers that be have been looking at higher education, wondering if it really should take four years to earn a degree. Looking at the rising cost of tuition, academics are questioning if students need so many core classes. Can students receive a well rounded education with fewer requirements?
Now that I am in my last semester, I am looking back on my education. With so many classes under my belt, have they all had an impact? Could I have done with less? Surprisingly, the answer is no. All of my classes have been a benefit in one way or another.
My British boyfriend and I were talking about this not too long ago. He has two math degrees but because they are from England, they don’t count in America. He is going for an AA degree in computing, just to have it on his resume. He is frustrated with all the core humanities he is required to take. “What do these have to do with IT and computing” he asked. “It is not like someone is going to ask me ‘so what’s up with that Hamlet dude?’ while working on their computer”. I laughed and said,” well I guess it may come up if a woman wants to flirt with you”. See, this is how we met and started dating. He was fixing my computer at work, and I, wanting to hear his accent, started talking to him. Knowing English history, I asked him where he was from. One thing led to another and we started chatting about history, then science. He thought I was hot for having an interest in science and I thought he was hot for being English and liking science. Had it not been for my science classes we would not have clicked as quickly as we did.
My education has allowed me to talk to people about a variety of subjects. It has allowed me to have a better understanding of politics, advertizing, communication, science and of course literature. Some say knowledge is power, but I say knowledge is empowering, as it has given me self confidence and the ability to live a little wiser and a little better. Yes, some of my classes were challenging, but isn’t that life?