2nd draft; first essay
To What Extent are College Classes Necessary?
Every person on this planet has something they are naturally talented at.
Whether you could sleep in every history class and still make a 4.0 average, or have the
ability to create a masterpiece with just a piece of chalk; each individual person just has
that certain knack others may not. With talent, comes struggle. Just because you can
create a short story in a matter of minutes, doesn’t mean you can solve arithmetic with
ease. So why should college students be required to take classes that aren’t
mandatory for their field of work? Why should I be in this english class having to write
this paper when I plan on cleaning teeth for the rest of my career as a dental hygienist?
I won’t be writing journal entries on how someone’s molars looked during their last
appointment; so why do college students have classes that are required, yet serve no
purpose for the field of work they choose to study in.
High school was meant for teaching the basic necessities of each subject. But
high school is there to learn the basics until you reach the point in time of your life
where you have decided the career field of your choice, but you still are taught the basic
facts in which you need in “the real world” . Well I’ve come to the conclusion on what I
plan on doing with my life, and literature and composition are not a part of it. I see no
point in my life where I would write a memoir, or begin writing poetry, or even keep a
journal to jot down my thoughts. My thoughts are in my head, where they belong. Why
should I be required to take a class over Texas politics, when I honestly could care less
about the political impact Texas has on the rest of the world. The basic needs of each
study have been met during high school, there is only so much unnecessary information
each person should have to learn to make it through life successfully.
Many students that are in college end up being on financial aid just so they
can pay their way through school, but maybe there wouldn’t be so many students on
financial aid if they had less classes to take, which means less money they would have
to spend. Each class costs a decent amount of money, not to mention the outrageous
price on books. If some of these classes were eliminated, students wouldn’t have to
worry as much about their financial situations. More people may even go to college
since it will end up being cheaper, and take less time. Many students have to drop out
of their classes if they cannot pay their tuition, or many people don’t even go to college
due to the fact that they cannot afford it. Also, if a student isn’t knowledgeable in a
certain class, like one that is required, it could lower their GPA. If those “non-required”
classes were eliminated, it would boost the percentage of people in college, lower the
percentage of students on financial aid, and most likely boost the students GPA’s.
Even though there are trade schools, which allow their students to focus on their
specialized field of work, I do honestly believe all colleges should be somewhat more
like trade schools. Teachers in high school tell their students they will use the lessons
later in life that they have been taught. Well this is college, and we are not as naïve
as those of students still in high school (hopefully), so why should college professors
cram so much unnecessary information into their students minds, which is just going to
be forgotten knowledge in a few years. College students have too much on their plate,
whether they work full time, take care of their children or loved ones, etcetera, all these
extra un-needed classes are just causing more frustration and more time spent in class
when they could be using it for something more valuable. We are spending our hard-