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Top 5 Most Dreaded College Courses

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If you’re in college, that means that sometimes between partying, attending sporting events and sleeping, you have to go to class. Some of those classes are enjoyable—particularly once you really start to dig into your major and learn about things that pique your interest. However, some classes are the bane of most college students’ existence—sometimes even for legitimate reasons.

5 The Required Prerequisite

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Once you get into your major, you’ll discover that many of the classes you want—or need—to take have other, seemingly irrelevant course requirements that must be fulfilled before you can take them. The dreaded prerequisite, is seen by many as an additional hurdle—or perhaps stumbling block—on the path to getting a degree. They’re dreaded because you have no interest in the subject matter. Rather, the prerequisite is something that must be done to get from point A to point B, where you really want to be. And you thought college was going to be all about freedom.

4 The Toughest Professor

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Every college student has heard something along the lines of “that’s a good class, but don’t take it with Dr. X if you value your GPA.” Every department has a professor who’s notorious for their tough grading or strict classroom persona. There’s even a highly trafficked website, “Rate My Professors,” where students can read and submit reviews—and learn which professors to avoid. If you’re serious, though, you’ll realize that while particular professors may be demanding, they have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed. Of course, even if you do realize that, you probably still dread their class.

3 The Massive Lecture

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If your class is held in a huge lecture hall with hundreds of other students, you can feel like you’re just a number—and often, you are. The professor can’t connect individually, leading students to believe the professor doesn’t care about them. If the professor doesn’t care about you, why should you care about the class? A University of Maryland study revealed a lot of students don’t. With 56 percent of students surveyed admitting they preferred to buy lecture notes rather than attend large classes, it’s little wonder 62 percent of them admitted they tend to skip these classes more frequently than smaller ones.

2 Fridays at 8 a.m.

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Everybody knows college students never wake up before 10 a.m., and their weekend starts on Thursday. So why would you schedule your class on Friday at 8 a.m.? The early-morning Friday class is seen as a rite of passage for freshmen, who often register later than upperclassmen and as a result, are stuck with less-than-friendly schedules. Any way you cut it, college life just isn’t conducive to the “early to bed, early to rise” mentality. However, “student lifestyle” has its detractors: medical professionals and sobriety advocates advise colleges to schedule more Friday morning classes to cut down on binge drinking among college students.

1 The General Education Requirement

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Many students view their college’s general education requirements as a waste of time and money. A University of Massachusetts Amherst study found that over half of students surveyed didn’t find the requirements relevant—either to their personal interests or the interests of students as a whole. Even with the ability to opt out of some general education courses by exam, students still feel as though they’re being forced to spend time re-learning things they’ve already learned in high school. Nevertheless, students concerned about keeping up their GPA have no choice but to suffer through these courses.

Jennifer Mueller

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