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Physical Science, Problematic Professors and the Lost Art of Graduating

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December arrives with “Silver Bells” and Christmas trees and the dreaded end of semester college exams.snow shovel

For seniors, “Senior-itis” has set in.

cGetting out is of major priority. There is just one itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, little obstacle standing in the way.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE!

The class requirement all Creative Writing Majors hate. Besides Math 101 in which case you take that one over after failing it at least once.

Why would anyone wait until their last semester in college to take Physical Science?

Avoidance issuesterminal stupidity

Class scheduling conflicts

Procrastination

Fear of failure

Problematic Professors

YOU ARE IGNORANT WHEN IT COMES TO SCIENCE

Those days for me were many years ago, but the anxiety, apprehension and panic remains as a reminder of how the tears flowed. It is a guarded plight of lessons learned.

Now, colleges/universities don’t want students to graduate. Use to be they wanted you out and gone for the next batch of unlearned, immature  rookies.

Due to cuts in education, lack of enrollment in 4 year schools the almighty dollar is stretched further for each pupil. Tuition, books and over all fees have risen. Classes are offered every other semester or transferred credits no longer transfer. Getting an undergraduate degree in 4 years now is an unrealized dream. If the universities have it their way you will never leave.

Financial threats have prevented Professors from teaching from a “student perspective.” It is all about money. If you think you are allowed to copy that 20 page report on a school copy machine; think again. You are required to do it elsewhere most likely paying for it yourself.  When was use of campus property eliminated from the tuition they just raised?c

The “college experience” is not at all what it used to be. At least I enjoyed it to the max; not so anymore. The participation and reality are a lost art; a drudge on a society in need of an overhaul. The perseverance of walking that stage in a robe of glory, has become a chore; a not so enduring promise for an unwelcoming future.

Receiving a “diploma” comes with little adulation now. Why would it in such an uncertain economy?

The question of “why am I putting myself through this if there are no jobs?”  Once you have started the program you forget why you were doing this to begin with. What is lacking is a trusting, send off.

How do we impose a new chapter for those in this transitional season of life? How can we truthfully say, “Oh, it will get better. You will find a job.” Sure, running a cash register in the local grocery store is the result of a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

As with most of life today, priorities with education have switched, changed, turned upside down or simply been lost in red tape. That goes for private as well as public.

For those who weather the storms of Chemistry, English Literature, or Physical Science with no noticeable gifting in those areas, your suffering has been noted. Your days of memorizing formulas, quoting Shakespeare or measuring Newton’s Laws of Motion are hopefully over.

And once you get out into the real world, you will wonder why you ever had to take those classes.

Remembering why “Hamlet” went mad in the first place or what the Study of Physics and Chemistry of Nature have to do with Creative Writing will forever be etched in your brain.

Just think, the next time you have a conversation about the studies of the Kinetic Theory of Solids and the Laws of Gravity, you can thank your college Professors for giving you such a well-rounded education! Especially since you will never use them again! LOL!

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2 Corinthians 3: 5 “ Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/ceremonies/

http://theteentheme.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/not-a-spirit-of-fear/

http://jesuscarriesme.com/2012/12/08/perhaps-god-needs-a-little-help/

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7 thoughts on “Physical Science, Problematic Professors and the Lost Art of Graduating

  1. i have often had discussions on college education verses the work force. i enjoyed reading your view!

  2. Did I ever mention I majored in zoology and minored in chemistry and physics in college? Pretty boring stuff of which I still remember the area of a circle = π × r squared.

  3. Excellent writing, Cathy. I’m still wondering how did education go from teaching kids how to think for themselves to being taught what to think, and that it’s better to be fair, than to be all that you can be. Great article.

    • Thanks Wayne. I always appreciate your comments. I wrote this post based on our daughter who has been trying to get out. Her first year of college was in NC at the college my husband was employed with; tuition paid for. He lost his job; her education and we had to move. State schools here would not transfer her Bible based credits which was mostly what she took her freshman year. But now, due to cuts they aren’t taking hardly any from even other state schools. She is actually a Technical Writing Major (i used creative to make it a little more exclusive) which will hopefully get her a good job. They are in great demand and she is excellent at it. We saw the entire process evolve over the last 6 years downward. Very sad.

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