2007-03-16

University courses equivalent to primary school

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You sign up to a five year course that requires you to excel at your schoolwork or have achieved a really high GPA in your past teriary study. You are told the job prospects are not so good, the pay not so good and the suicide rate is very high.

The first couple courses have members of the pushy student association come in and take up lecture time with some lame singing antics. They extol the virtues of alcohol at every oportunity and push parties which include wholesome activities like jelly pit simulated sex. They belittle anyone who would opt out with insults and off hand remarks.

It is upsetting to sit in a class where you are being treated like a primary school kid ... and know that you're paying to be taught this.

A newly introduced class, veterinary professional studies, claims to be all the rage in the US but, in my humble opinion, seems to be a really weak implementation of social development skills. Leadership experience enables you to tell other people what your favourite colour is and play games that are straight out of primary school. Self care classes tell you that you shouldn't try to get high acievements all the time, it's ok to get the bare minimum pass marks. Mediocrity is fine.

The lack of decent library facilities, the poor staff to student ratio, the out dated equipment, the delapidated condition of the infrastructure, the extremely unprofessional behaviour of the student association ... it isn't any wonder that this University's Veterinary Science degree is not recognised in the United States or that the head of the department gets suspended

From an article in The Australian:
Perth veterinarian Helen White, a 2004 graduate, started her degree at Murdoch University in Western Australia and switched to the University of Queensland. "If universities are going to charge premium prices ... then they should teach premium courses," she says. "The University of Queensland fell far short of my expectations."
Sure, there may be some benefits to some of these courses. They are probably excellent for the naive twits, straight from high school, who probably think the jelly pit sex is the cultural height of University life. One would hope that the high achievers might be a little more above this crap and perhaps slightly more focused on coursework. You would also hope the coursework was focused on coursework. And I just hope that the student association would push for or provide better facilities and not so many drunken parties.

There are plenty of other courses where students are more focused, the student associations aren't full of idiots, the facilities are half decent and the opportunities once you get out are quite good.

They tell you that you really have to want to be a vet to do this course. You would think that was a warning of the difficulty of the coming content, but it actually seems like they are trying to throw as much idiotic crap at you early on to make you re-evaluate your decision to study Veterinary Science at this particular University.

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