Kamino Neko wrote:
Otaking wrote:I guess? There's a lot of time skippage in these strips so I'm never sure. Also I went through college in the most wrong-headed fashion possible but even as the underachieving slacker that I am I remember having a major my first week
IMO (based on my experience) this IS a wrongheaded way to do it ... If I'd spent the first year doing a survey of things I was interested in, to see which suited me as a course of study, I'd have likely gone into something I actually liked as a major in second year. (I'm not sure I could have gone into my school undeclared, though, which is kind of annoying.)
This "spend the first year of university doing a bunch of unrelated courses to find out what you're interested in" concept is quite alien to a Brit - over here, most people pick what they're going to study at uni when they apply to universities; i.e. about a year before actually starting. You can't go in undeclared, you have to pick a course to apply to, and most courses are specialised in one area from the outset (my own university course was actually unusually non-specialised, by which I mean it contained bits of all the physical sciences rather than being focused entirely in one scientific discipline. It still didn't contain anything non-scientific). I can understand why it would be useful to figure out what you're interested in before committing to it, but is there anything that prevents kids from figuring this out while they're at school?
Then again, I've heard the British system criticised as forcing kids to specialise too early: most students who want to stay in school beyond age 16 spend the last 2 years of secondary school specialising in 3-5 subjects, which they have to choose at the age of 15 or 16. And obviously the choices made at this stage affect what you're qualified to study at university. Which, on the one hand, might make it easier to choose a university course to study because it eliminates a lot of the options, but on the other hand, might screw you over because it eliminates a lot of the options.
I'd guess that specialising immediately, rather than using the first year as a taster year, is one of the reasons why degrees take less time to obtain over here. And fewer years of amassing student debt is always a plus. Especially now that our current government has decided to fucking triple the tuition fees...