[quote]Professor X wrote:
Bri Hildebrandt wrote:
I’d be interested to hear other people’s account of their most valuable courses while at university/college.
Mine would have to be statistics, research design, and scientific communication. I found they had given me a much greater ability to understand, decifer, and sort information with respect to it’s applied usefullness. Those courses have remained a backbone throughout my entire academic career and beyond. I don’t know where I’d be without them.
Courses I wish I had taken more of… English. I think the improvement of one’s primary language is a wonderful means to improve one’s communication ability, which has universal applications. It was never one of my strongest subjects as a kid, as I was always a math/science guy. Obviously it’s never too late. Learning doesn’t have to only take place in the classroom either.
Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology were probably the most valuable.
The one I enjoyed the most, however, was one advanced “creative writing” class I had. Our professor allowed plenty of open discussion and the assignments weren’t just busy work.
For me, any class that allowed me to use biology, writing or music was a class I tried to learn more than the curriculum. That made essays in Microbiology (term papers) easy as hell and a way for me to make some extra cash from other students by…“proof reading” their papers.
The other most valuable was Calculus. He was a REAL teacher. Before college, I thought math was my weak point (due to several poor excuses for math teachers all of the way through school). He made it seem like poetry and it clicked. I think his class was the first time I figured I could learn anything if I just got the basics down.
I hate Microbiology, and am currently and thorougly getting my ass kicked in it. Most valuable classes (or classes that I actually enjoyed) would have to be U.S. Gov’t and History and Psychology; three classes where I actually learned something…