Professor A's Guidance on
Maximizing the College Experience
Who is Professor A?
Maximizing the undergraduate
1) How important are grades to maximizing my
college academic experience?
Answer: It depend on
the subject. Students good at math should study hard in math, those who write
well should work hard
on all writing assignments.
2) Does this mean that people who are not good in mathematics or English
should ignore these subjects?
Answer: Ignore is a strong word. There is a basic skill level in
core subjects such as mathematics and English that all college
attain. It is not nearly as high as most educators believe, but being able
to balance a checkbook and
write a coherent paragraph consisting of complete, correctly punctuated sentences is important.
3) Is being well rounded important? Is earning two B grades was better than earning an A and a C.
Answer: If you are seriously ill and need an operation, do you
hire the doctor with a B in Operating Procedures and a B in
Bedside Manner or a doctor with a A in Operating Procedure and a C in Bedside
4) So I can forget about extra curricular activities.
Answer: Most students studying math and science related
majors do not have as much free time for extra curricular activities.
Others, studying business and the social sciences (psychology, sociology,
history) may look back and find the extra
curricular activities the most important part of their college experience.
5) I'm confused! Do I, or do I not, study like crazy!
Answer: Assuming your goal is to maximize the economic
return from your investment in college, the one word answer is skills!
You must develop skills someone is willing to pay for. For some majors, social
skills (speaking, organizing, leading), are
as important as academic skills (math, science, writing).
6) So developing critical thinking skills is important.
Answer: In most cases, you must have a useful knowledge
base upon which to think critically. Not always! Thirty-five years ago
sister, a math major, got her first programming job. Sitting next to her was an English major. Turns
out the skills
developed by these majors are very similar.
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