September 3, 2015
By: Grace Driscoll, @gracedriscoll_
Regardless of your program of study, gen eds, or general education requirements, will stand between you and graduating with a degree. Instead of looking at this required list of classes as a burden on your schedule, take them as an opportunity to learn new things. Not only will they enhance your college career, but you also get the most out of your tuition and time spent attending college. Here are a few things gen eds teach us:
- Your gen eds might help you find your future minor or specialization. You may find yourself spending the majority of your freshman and sophomore years trying to fulfill cross-cultural perspective and history gen eds. But in the midst of it all, they may help you determine what major best suits you. Although this can seem a bit overwhelming, it is actually the perfect opportunity to experience new and entirely foreign courses of study that you otherwise would have never taken. Taking a course in something you know nothing about could spark an interest in a subject that could turn into the very thing you decide to pursue and declare as your minor or area of concentration.
- They will make you push yourself to the next level. If you’re lucky enough to be a part of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, you will know that our required classes touch on almost every program of study at Ohio University, and could take a couple of years to fulfill. As a journalism major, chances are math and science courses are not exactly your strong suits- and that’s OK. Maybe your Anthropology 1000 class far exceeds the difficulty of your Strategic Communications 4000 level course. Taking difficult classes will not only challenge you to learn how to absorb information in a new way, but will also make you a more globally aware citizen. Who knows, being able to have a scholarly conversation on a wide range of topics could be what makes or breaks your future dream job interview.
- You might find your life-long mentor. As previously stated, though most of these gen eds are entry-level courses, they can still be a challenge if it’s in a course that doesn’t come easily to you. Although this may call for later than usual nights spent at the library, it can also provide the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the professor and teaching assistant’s office hours. Having a close relationship with your professor is not only vital for a successful college career, but can also lead to gaining a life-long mentor.
- Broaden your friend group. The further into taking classes for your specific major, it is likely you will find yourself in class with familiar faces. Gen eds provide the opportunity to be in classes with students from all different majors and areas of study. Take this as a chance to meet the person who sits next to you and befriend people you may have never otherwise crossed paths with.
Moral of the story: no matter how daunting the amount of required gen ed credit hours may seem, you may learn a new thing or two and find your passion along the way!