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Film & Animation
Annapolis MD

The Stuff We Don't Like

Kevin Mead on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in Advising & Support

So I’d be lying if I said that I’ve had a completely perfect college experience. I’ve had professors I didn’t like. I’ve gotten bad grades on projects. I’ve pulled double all-nighters, and I’ve had hard times enrolling for classes. No matter where you go to school you’re going to find something about it that you don’t like or don’t agree with. But there’s a right and a wrong way of dealing with this. I’ve seen kids write online about how terrible their school is and how much they hate it. I’ve been to public forums between students and faculty that quickly turn into unproductive venting sessions. I very recently had a class in which a professor asked for feedback on the class schedule for the coming semester. What started out as a simple question turned into a class rant on everything wrong with the program. I’m all for making improvements and listening to student input. Heck, I’m a student myself, and I want my voice to be heard and my issues to be addressed and fixed if they can be. But I’m also realistic, and I realize that no college can guarantee complete satisfaction in every aspect to every student. So what’s the right way to go about dealing with issues you find with your school? IMPROVISE AND BE PROACTIVE. If you’re having issues with a professor that isn’t covering the material properly, find a tutor and get the help you need. If you’re having issues with finding a place on campus to live, go to the housing office and figure out what steps need to be taken. If you’re an art student who never learned a certain technique, reach out to your professor for assistance, and practice on your own. Yes we’re paying customers, and yes we deserve to be treated with respect. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to be coddled. We’re not going to be spoon-fed information.  We need to realize that sometimes more work is needed on our end to succeed.