Underclassmen need more freedom – Letter to the Editor

Casey Webber

After a full year of college, I will have obtained twenty-nine credits.
Of which, only nine have been those pertaining to my major. In the fall of 2022, I plan to take another twelve credits, only three have a connection to my major.

This means that so far around a measly thirty percent of my classes pertain to my major.
With college being so expensive, why must us students waste our time and money by taking classes unrelated to our major and by staying on campus during the first year?

While I have learned from the classes unrelated to my major, they are not what I am here for.
Upon deciding to go to college, I made the decision that I wanted to get into business and finance in particular.
Now I am stuck, $18,000 in the hole (this number to increase), with only a fraction of my necessary classes completed.

Why must I be at college any longer than I have to? Why can I not take the necessary courses to obtain my major and then move on with my life?

Don’t get me wrong, my anthropology and philosophy classes were interesting, but I can’t see myself using my new found knowledge of Aristotle and how humans are related to chimpanzees when I am analyzing financial data or crunching numbers in the future.

While I know that universities are attempting to make their students as well-rounded as they can be with their liberal-arts focus, they are also wasting the time and money of their students.

If some students want to take classes unrelated to their majors, I am by all means for it.
Personally, if I had the choice, I would not take anything other than what is needed.

This should be an option for all. Students should have complete freedom with their class choices.
I feel that the business within a college would like you to stay for extended periods and continue to pay for classes.

Why wouldn’t they play this game and try to get the most money out of kids as possible?
After all, the longer students stay, the better they are off in the end.

I believe this to be the same reason why many colleges require new students to live on campus during the first years of their education.

First year students, typically around 18 years of age, are able to vote, get married, and join the military. After all, they are adults.

However, at some universities they are not allowed to live off campus.
Most colleges claim that living on campus helps to ensure each student is involved and can obtain the help they need.

These students are 18 and capable of making their own decisions. I believe they will get involved if they wish to, no matter where they are living.

While I don’t think the intentions of colleges are completely wrong, I do think that the money has become too sweet for most and they are not willing to let it go.

This is why students must take so many classes unrelated to their major as well as in most cases stay on campus during their first year.

At the end of the day, I have grown to love the college experience, but I can’t help but think of the time and money that I am losing out on by being forced to fill course requirements unrelated to my major while being forced to live on campus.

If colleges were truly looking out for their students, I feel they would allow them to take the classes they want, while letting them figure out their own housing arrangement, just like that of those who do not attend college.
After all, I chose college to grow, mature, become independent and to get ahead — not to fall behind.