As I walk through Armstrong Hall, the Registrar’s Office is flooded with students attempting to figure out their class for Block 8. Perhaps, the overflowing office is a result of multiple waitlisted students not getting into their class. However, as it is Block 8, it may be that students are attempting to switch into an “easier” class. Whether easier refers to fewer hours spent in class, or a professor who is known to give minimal amounts of work, it seems incredibly nonsensical for a student to enroll in an easy block, as it seems to be equivalent to a “blow-off” block. Considering tuition price and missed learning opportunities, along with a simple waste of three and a half weeks, I feel inclined to argue for students to avoid seeking out an “easy” Block 8, or any easy block for that matter.
Tuition at Colorado College is over $60,000 each year. That divides into over $7,000 per block. It seems that over $7,000 for “a fun time” with friends is rather overpriced, as many students want to enjoy themselves and hang out with their friends during Block 8. While these friends may be very special, it is entirely possible to enjoy friends while taking a difficult class. Additionally, a decent portion of tuition money is spent on professors and their teaching.
It is also important to note that an “easy” class for one person may be difficult for others. Even if one student is enrolled in a class in order to have an easy block, another student may really need aid in that subject. It becomes nonsensical then when a student enrolls in a class they have perhaps already tested out of or a class that simply is not mentally stimulating for them. A class that fits these criteria could be considered a large waste of money, along with time for the professor.
Also, while a student will most likely consider the social scene along with extracurricular activities during their college search, the primary reason most students enroll in a college is to receive an education. Therefore, as they make known that they would prefer an easy Block 8, they neglect the original purpose of attending school. It seems like a wasted opportunity if one neglects their primary reason for attending the institution in the first place. I am not attempting to argue that students are not supposed to have fun; rather, students need to find a balance between work and free time. With any block a student takes, they must search and find a balance for themselves given the amount of work the block provides. There is no doubt that certain blocks have more work than others, but that is not to say that a balance cannot be found with any block. CC is a competitive liberal arts school, and students who attend are very intelligent.
Lastly, time is finite. Three and a half weeks may not seem long, but it is actually a decently large period of time to languish in a class that does not nourish the brain. I do not think any class at CC is really an “easy” class, as every subject is difficult for different types of learners. Considering each student’s strengths, it seems they may be wasting their time if they can go into a class knowing it will be “easy” for them as a learner.
While I understand the desire for a fun Block 8, I think that can be accomplished through continuing to take a mentally stimulating class that requires thought and effort. As the word “easy” comes into play, I cannot help but wonder why a student would neglect the amount of money going towards each block, the missed learning opportunities, coupled with the waste of three and half weeks. While I am only a first-year, I realize that Block 8 is the last period of time students have to see their college friends for a while, along with the actual campus, until the end of summer, but I’m not sure that is a good enough reason. For seniors, it is a more permanent farewell, so it does make sense why a senior may consider switching into a class that might require less hours of grueling work. Yet, there is a better way of approaching such a problem. Perhaps save Block 8 as a time for a class that will continue to mentally stimulate the brain while one does not dread attending it each morning.