Classes are something that we all have to put up with. I mean, that’s why we’re here, right? During the course of our college career, we are bound to have classes that we love and classes that we hate. We’ll have the experience of getting up for those dreaded classes at 8 a.m. and we might even experience a night class or two. Is it fair that we don’t have much control of what we need to take and when that class is offered? No, not all of the time, but we just have to deal with it.
When it comes to night classes, they can go one of two ways. The first way is by having that class twice a week for about an hour and twenty minutes. That doesn’t seem too bad, right? The second way is having that class once a week for about three hours. Doesn’t that sound like fun? For some departments, night classes are required because the course is taught by someone who is not part of the College faculty. The only way they can teach the course is by doing it at night because they have a daytime job.
While this may be frustrating because it feels like you’re being punished, it isn’t your fault that the course isn’t offered during the day. Having someone who isn’t a regular professor can give a different feel to the subject matter and provide a perspective from someone who is living it at the time.
I feel bad for the commuters who have to take night classes. I don’t think that it’s fair that they have to either stay on campus later or drive back and forth from their home multiple times a day. In my opinion, that’s a waste of gas. I mean, sure, you are doing what you’re paying for. But at the same time, I think that it could be frustrating. When it comes to commuters, I would say that a daytime option should be available. However, if this is the case, other people who also need that class could fill it up quickly and defeat the purpose. As much as I hate to say it, I think commuters are stuck with that.
I know for my major there are a few classes that are offered only at night. Although I have not taken one yet, I’m dreading the time when I must. Sure, it will be nice to only have it once a week for three hours. At the same time, though, I can imagine myself getting annoyed with it. I discussed night classes with a friend of mine, sophomore education major Caitlin Steinly.
She told me that she had taken one and didn’t mind it because it was within her major. However, she felt that if she had to take a night class to fulfill a Core requirement, she would not like it as much. Neither of us is saying that Core classes are not important. However, if we are being honest, I’m sure we all would only care for a night class if it was dealing with our major or minor. Again, if I’m being honest, I don’t think Core classes should be offered at night. I feel like these are the types of classes we should all get through during the day.
Although completing the Core curriculum is part of our graduation requirement, I think offering the classes at night is just a waste of time. How many of us would actually care enough to attend a Core night class when some don’t even care enough during the day to attend it?
Although I’m openly stating how I don’t really like the idea of night classes, in the long-run, I think they can be important. Throughout our lives, we are bound to do many different things that we don’t want to do. Maybe that means taking a night class, working with people we don’t like or something else, but the fact is that we have to do it.
College wouldn’t be college if we got our ideal schedule every semester. Night classes may not be fair, but they always say that life isn’t fair. Make the most out of the classes that you have to take, whether you like them or not. You may end up being surprised.