It’s the summer before you start your freshman year of college. You are finally about to get your first semester schedule. You’re looking at the piece of paper in your hand, this is the next four months of your life. All of the classes look good, until you see it. RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I. This is it. It’s the end for you. You drop the paper, and see how pointless life is, full on existential crisis, tear off your clothes and scream at the sky, fall to your knees and ask God why?
I mean, it’s not THAT bad, but it’s baaddd.
Colleges should not have mandatory writing classes that every one has to take. For some people, it’s an easy A because they are just naturally good writers and can easily BS a paper. But for others, myself included, they can not do that. Yes, I am a very good BS-er. Yes, I am a slightly good writer. But not when it comes to writing long 5,6,7,8 page papers over one topic when I can barely find enough research to even write one page of it. When the teachers give you the assignment, they always say the same thing: “there should be enough sources for you to use for research on this topic.” The key word there is should. There should be enough research. When they say that sentence, they are actually saying: “you guys are screwed for this paper. i already looked up sources for this topic and i only found like 2 sources and you guys need at least 5. that means you better start digging your own graves cuz you guys aren’t gonna be able to write this paper!!!!!!”
Writing classes just make me so mad that we have to take them to graduate. No matter what your major is, you have to take them. And if the first writing class isn’t hard enough for you, just wait till the second semester rolls around and you have to take rhetoric and composition II!!!! Even MORE of what you hated during the first semester!
Little fun fact: it took me two years to complete the two mandatory rhetoric and composition classes. Not because I was too lazy to try, but because it was HARD. I ended my second comp class with having to write an 8-10 page research paper. Yes I had enough sources, but they all repeated themselves. And that’s one of the big problems with theses classes, like I had said earlier. They expect you to have enough info to write a long paper, but all the sources you can find are just repititions of all the others.
Colleges think that every student can write. That every student knows what they’re doing and can write long papers for no reason. I know it’s a good skill to know, but we all already know that. Do they not realize that we have been writing papers for the past four years in high school???? Writing papers does absolutely nothing for your mentality except make you go crazy and rush to finish it the day before.
School update: how about instead of making everyone take rhetoric and comp, just let people take the other classes they need and if their major calls for a writing class, let them take that instead. For example, I am a communications major. There are two classes all comm majors have to take called Media Writing. Those two classes teach you how to write for the media, which is a completely different style of writing than what you learn in rhetoric and comp. You are basically learning two different skills when you really only need to be learning the one, how to write for media.
Well this is just how I feel on mandatory college writing courses and I feel like some people aren’t going to agree on this, but this is only my opinion on it. 😊