If you don’t know me well, you might not know that I really struggled through college. After doing very well in high school, I thought the next four years would be a breeze.
I WAS WRONG.
College is weird, and not for everybody… as I realized my very first semester, though I decided to stick it out anyway. Six years later, I am still unsatisfied with my college education. A large part of this disappointment stems from not really learning a lot of things that are useful or beneficial to me in any way.
What follows is a list of courses that I think should have been offered in my quest for a degree.
1. How to Write a Really Good Cover Letter/Resume - This should be a requirement for every student, everywhere. Heck, even high school students should know how to do this. Alas, I am still stumped every time a job application requires a cover letter. To be fair, there is a career center at my university, but when I made an appointment to have my resume proofread, my career counselor was a student whom I had most recently seen smoking an illicit substance on my couch with my degenerate roommate. Not ideal.
2. Understanding Mortgages or Should You Rent or Buy? – Look. I would like to know how not to get screwed over when I am purchasing the biggest thing I will probably ever purchase. Mortgages confuse me. That is all. In the same vein:
3. How to Stop Using So Many Darn Credit Cards Since You’re Already Accumulating a Huge Amount of Debt By Taking This Class LOL – Please teach our youth not to rely on credit. Build your credit history, yes. Don’t put your bar tab on your card every weekend when you can’t even afford to pay your rent.
4. Laundry 101 – In fact, a class that just teaches you how to do everything your mom did for you for the first 18 years of your life would be great. I got lucky with a mom that taught me how to drive stick and do laundry and cook pasta and stuff, but seriously, there are SO MANY college kids that google “How to boil water”. #what.
5. How to Use the Tools of Our Generation – As silly as it sounds, I’m of the opinion that if you have a college degree you should know how to use social media to your advantage. Know how to use things like Photoshop and Garage Band and iMovie (or some variation of those things) because eventually somewhere in your career that knowledge will help you. Learn how to sort through the junk on the internet to get to the useful stuff, and then cram that useful stuff into your head. The internet is a magical place.
6. GRAMMAR 101 – You’re = you are. Your = your. Learn it. I’ve caught wind that this is now considered sort of pretentious but come on, people in other countries know like three languages. Learn your own, at least.
I’ll stop my list here, lest I start getting really heated, but feel free to add on! What classes do you wish your college had offered to get you through the real world?
*note: I do realize that variations of some of these classes may be offered at my school, but my degree program (like many degree programs) had a strict schedule of what classes to take and when to take them… so deviating from that schedule to learn more useful things would have kept me in school longer than the SIX YEARS that I already spent there… no thank you.