June 01, 2010
College is a funny thing. We spend 12 years of our lives learning a core curriculum to prepare us for college, after we already spent a few years preparing us for those 12 years. Once we are blessed enough to finally be out of high school, this bomb is dropped on us. We have two more years of "core classes" to complete before actually learning something useful for our lives. if we dare question why we need to complete these classes we are answered with either a death glare (by administrators and teachers) or a knowing shake of the head (by guidance counselor and other homosapiens)
The truth is, the only thing our first two years of college are good for are meeting new people, experimenting with new drugs and finding new sexual partners (usually whilst on said drugs). So whats the point? If im a theater major do i really need to learn about the seven layers of the earths crusts, or that within a billion years earth is screwed because the sun will go into supernova and toast us?
No i dont. What i need to learn is things pertaining to my major. I dont need to take any more science classes, i took those while i was finishing up puberty. Math? I have a calculator, thanks, and in no time soon am i calculating the volume of anything. Now, this post is much more selfish then just a broad calling for education reform, so ill talk about me, and why im writing this.
I just finished my first year of college at my local state school, FIU. I'm a theater major. Why? well, its true, i have done over 15 plays in my past, and theater is a big part of my life, but its not my passion. Film is. So why aren't i film major? Two reasons.
1. FIU no longer has a film program
2. the college i wanted to go to is too expensive for me
How do these correlate? Well, with the beauty of a scholarship program called bright futures, I got a full academic scholarship to any Florida public college. FIU made the most sense to me. Now, FIU is a normal, 4 year, state school. That means it falls under the 2 years of core classes disadvantageous way of thinking. My #1 school, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is an art school, and thus falls under the advantageous understanding of schooling which means four years of learning relevant information.
The problem? SCAD, is a private school, and not even in Florida, so my bright futures means nothing to them. That means if i want to attend i needa cough up somewhere around 40k a year. I dont have that. My parents dont have that. my dog has it, but hes not giving it away (nor is he giving away the secret ingredients for that canned bean company).
I am a ball of ambition, blue sparks eminating from my mind at all times, but i am being held down at a school that has nothing to teach me that i want to learn. My teenage years are almost at an end, and with that my youth. After that i am no longer talented, no longer a prodigy, then, i am just another person who went through the system.
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