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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Most essential classes for graduation


Students propose classes that should be required before graduation.

If you invented a class that would go on the mandatory list needed to graduate from college, what would the class be?

theresa_pasion_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsTheresa Pasion, third-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major

“What is humanity class, what humanity means to people. There’s a blurred line between good and bad so it would be more of an ethics class.”





Devin Turner, fourth-year chemistry major

“Something to do with finances, like how to invest your money or balance a checkbook. It’s a big deal to students because so many of us are worried about paying off student loans or how to live independently.”




jeffer_ge_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsJeffrey Ge, second-year managerial economics major

“A class about the stock market that bases the whole grade on different competitions between students.”






jordan_lim_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsJordan Lim, second-year biomedical engineering major

“A cooking class that teaches you how to budget meals and how long to cook your chicken to avoid salmonella.”







Amy Doen, third-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major

“A class about finances because a lot of us don’t even know how to manage bank accounts.”







paddy_krishnan_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsPaddy Krishnan, third-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major

“I would create a common sense class or street smart class because we learn so much from textbooks, but we never really learn how to live our lives.”






Urvi Patel, first-year psychology major

“My class would be about the college transition to help students that are struggling with that adjustment. It would be required for first years and inform them about on-campus resources.”






josh_meuser_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsJosh Meuser, third-year chemical engineering major

“Probably a class just on general stuff like what is credit, how to do taxes and how to buy a house.”








Amit Rachman, first-year nutrition major

“How to deal with finances.”






megan_meany_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsMegan Meany, third-year evolution, ecology and biodiversity major

“‘How to Adult.’ Things that you don’t really think about until you don’t live with your parents anymore, like rent, paperwork and filling out any type of forms.”





charlotte_swaney_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsCharlotte Swaney, second-year chemical engineering major

“A class on understanding people that teaches you how to hold a good conversation with others and how to assert yourself in social situations.”





blair_macdonald_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsBlair MacDonald, second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major

“Common sense class based on how to treat strangers and just how to act like a decent human being in public.”






Vincent Yang, second-year computer science major

“How to plan a vacation because a lot of people get caught up in school and other stuff that they forget to do anything else.”






austin_bons_rovingreporter_fe_RobbinsAustin Bons, second-year chemical engineering major

“A survival class, like how to live off the land and start a fire if you’re out in the wild.”




Written by Lisa Wong — features@theaggie.org


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