Advice for the Specimen Collegium Discipulus, Part II: Get Used to Hard Work
Recently in one of my classes, my professor let some of my classmates talk him into a take-home final. You read that correctly. Take-home tests in college. Let that swirl around in your mind for a little. Thought about it? Good.
I have many issues with this change in curriculum, but my main point of strife is with the laziness some of my classmates displayed in asking the professor for a take-home final. Now, of course, not all college students are lazy, and not all of my classmates are lazy. However, take-home finals are lazy. Matter of fact. Take home finals are a way to make 4.0s easier to obtain. Take home finals make learning irrelevant.
Aren’t we in college to learn? College is a place where we gain knowledge to apply to future careers, future lives, future endeavors. College isn’t a place where we should be coddled.
So my advice?
Get used to hard work, college students. It doesn’t go away. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, and that requires a little, no, a lot of effort. And let’s face it, take-home tests should have no place in college.