Most of you can probably sympathize with me when I venture into the topic of “gen eds.” I’m all for a well-rounded education and agree a basic, general knowledge of the simple fields outside of my degree is important for me to obtain. The problem with these gen eds, however, is that they’re not very “general.” They’re usually crazy challenging and incredibly in-depth.
Specifically, I’m referencing the sciences. Since we’re in the communication department, we are each required to take one science lecture and one science lecture with a lab. To finished rounding off my “well-rounded education,” I’m taking Geology (+lab) with Dr. Loch this semester.
Each day, I’m more and more astounded by the complete contrast my science classes are in comparison with my communication classes.
I start my TRs with Interpersonal Comm with Benton (fabulous!) The class is constantly filled with rigorous, challenging food for thought, in-depth intrapersonal communication and rewarding, relevant discussion.
After an hour and fifteen minutes of that, I wander over to Morris. The building, to me, just screams run away. The smell should be your first cue to turn around and go back to where you came from. The halls are just tainted with some kind of chemically smell. Chemicals=chemistry, which = NO GOOD.
I trot down a flight of stairs and round the corner toward my classroom (it’s nestled so far back in the bottom of the building it gives the room a nice dungeon ambience). I suppose the dungeon theme is appropriate though; the cave-like feel sets the mood to engage in our enthralling discussion about rocks.
When I say enthralling discussion, I mean a cold, hard, straight, one-way lecture complete with dry/sarcastic (what he calls humor) and a pathetic inability to communicate effectively. He even has a lovely old-fashioned picture carousel (sitting right behind the digital projector).
Day one, slide one: “This–is a rock.”
It’s all I can do to concentrate in this class. The fact that I leave with somewhat intelligible notes is a miracle. While we’re talking about ferromagnesian silicates and ortheoclase feldspar, I’m only thinking:
Thank God, thank God, I am a communications major!!!!
These gen eds have been helpful in one way: they constantly, constantly make me one million percent certain about my degree choice.
I love PR.