My big complaint with my school is the lack of a Capstone Class in my major. Some people might think of this as a blessing, but I do not. Because Cyber Security (or any other IT major) is a new concept to me, having a large project would be beneficial in so many ways. The majority of my classmates have experience in the field. All they need is the degree to advance in their careers. I, however, do not have this advantage. A Capstone Project is something I need. Even if I were to fail the class miserably, I would still get the benefit of learning throughout the process. But I am not that lucky!
However, my wonderful school has this signature series they deem necessary for any undergraduate to take. Everyone has to go through this class in order to graduate. Here is the description of the this nine unit/credit behemoth:
The Signature Series is the intellectual linchpin of the undergraduate degree programs. The series focuses on various institutions and traditions of Western Civilization that have achieved unprecedented success in the United States. It finds ground for intellectual, social, and cultural progress through the productive tensions that can arise between tradition, change, freedom, and responsibility.
Normally I would love the chance to learn about American History and Politics. This is not one of those times! Looking at the syllabus is overwhelming. Every week we have about 100 pages to read plus videos. We need to complete the responses to our peers – at least five. Oh and we have to submit an essay each week. Three of those essays are at least 2,000 words. Let’s not forget a volunteer position of at least three hours a week. The work load is something anyone would expect coming from a class of nine units. I should get used to the idea of this much work because graduate school is in the future. My issue is the fact that I did not choose this class as part of my degree. It is forced upon us. I find it to be a waste of money and time. Additionally, my school is in a conservative Midwest Area. Coming from a liberal background, this can only mean disaster. My views are radical. I often clash with Conservatives. Based on the reviews, any dissent from conservative lowers your grades in some cases. I asked for a fail/pass option, but it is now allowed since this class IS A MUST to graduate. Faking a political stance, while it is good for a grade, makes me ill.
So, my descend into my bleh stage of school begins today. I am dreading this class. Part of me wishes I had taken the summer off. The masochist in me thinks a month off between classes is fine even after the struggles of last semester.
On the bright side, once the class is done at the end of September, I have until the week before Thanksgiving off! The early fall semester will give me a nice break where I could hopefully get back to normal. Maybe I would be able to finally learn a programming language – something I should have done in the month I had off!
Wish me luck!