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Is college Bullshit or am I?

I wax quite often on this blog, on how very negatively I feel about the pursuit of my degree.  Perhaps such feelings are justified, but then perhaps not. I am one to obseess over the futility of higher education.  To what degree to these classes actually service me, or anyone for that matter?  All of the books that truly shaped my world view, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Lord of The Flies,”  “the Grapes of Wrath,” were read when I was just barely a teenager.  All of the other texts of meanign to me, I have discovered myself.  Yes some of the books that I have read in college have been interesting, but they do not shape me, they do not define me, and in fact, they mostly irritate me.

“But you didn’t have to be an English Major!”

Yes, thank you internet stranger, I know that.  And thus the title.  Is college bullshit, or am I? With Fifty or so majors to chose from, surely one would strike my fancy enough to keep me from boring you on the internet about it.  I might have thought that said major was English, given that the only thing that I have ever wanted to do was write, but what can you do? Such has not been the case.  SO maybe the problem is me, because I hoentst to God do not like college folks.  First, the teachers.  Folks that assume upon their own speculative knowledge to the point that they think their words are gracing the ears of the masses.  In the English department, that consists largely of alluding to all of the things that might symbolize the penis.  But then there are the students.  The over enthused, that answer everything as though their penis related ideas are also worth sharing.  It goes without saying that they aren’t my cup of tea.  Then there is the Greek students.  No, not the race, the bumbling fools that can hardly articulate a sentence, let alone come to a conclusion about one that belongs to someone else.  Not my cup of tea either.  In fact the only college students that I do appreciate is the other silent types, be they slackers, like myself, or simply shy students.  They are the students that keep me from standing out.  The ones that are there to cushion the teachers notion of who is or is not participating in class, which is good, because the very last thing that the slacker wants is to be noticed.

So you tell me, is the problem bitter old me in the back of the classroom, or the system that requires me to do so to get  a job?

Thanks for reading,

Paul Durante

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