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    Default I Don't Feel Like I Am Getting Much out of University Academically

    Is there is more to it than regurgitating info, learning how to play the game, and coming up with original ideas, after getting a degree (of course), I really don't think I have learned much after 5 semesters.

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    I feel the same. It's been a whole lot more for me than 5 semesters, but I think I lost all the illusions I had about the University somewhere during the second semester of my first attempt at the Uni. It still beats getting a job, though, so that's why I do it. Only I'd get paid to feel trapped and miserable instead of paying for all that myself.

    Ok, let's cast the negative attitude aside for a sec. It might be a good idea to take some time to really think about what your expectations are regarding academic life. What could you do to change things and get more out of your experience?

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    I guess I was thinking more of a challenge and more engaging but oh well. The upper level courses are about as easy as intro courses.

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    I decided after 3 1/2 years (and two summers) that while I had learned in college - I'm not going to say I didn't learn anything, because that would be a lie - some of the classes seemed unnecessary and repetitious and I also began to wonder exactly what it was they wanted to instill into me. I also began to resent that I was being forced to study literature (sometimes THE SAME WORKS OF LITERATURE FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES IN DIFFERENT CLASSES) that I was not interested in, and was so consumed with jumping through hoops to make As, plus work a part-time job, that I had no desire left to read books that I actually wanted to read, nor to learn about other things.

    I am a very self-motivated learner, and it started to really bother me to be neglecting subjects I wanted to learn on my own. I also became annoyed that it was being drilled into me to write academically rather than creatively, and I began to notice things about academia that I most certainly found deplorable.

    On the other hand, I am still glad that I went to college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitseleh View Post
    I guess I was thinking more of a challenge and more engaging but oh well. The upper level courses are about as easy as intro courses.
    What do you study where the advanced classes are as easy as the intro ones???

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    Psychology, anthropology, English.... lol. I shouldn't have expected much.

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    If I could do it all over again, I would major in Philosophy.
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    I hear college/uni is what you make of it. But so is pretty much....every life experience.

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    have you considered transferring schools? i had some easy classes, but i had some which challenged me a lot. i feel like i've learned to think better in college.

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    I felt the same way my last semester of college, but I was also taking general ed. classes...which sucked.

    And those majors sound boring (Plus, I hate Engrish). No offense. Would it be too late to consider switching your major to something that would challenge you more, but you would still get a lot out of it?

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