OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
I just wrapped up my Freshman year of college last week (OMG, she said “Freshman”). I will continue to use the word Freshman, as they have done SINCE THE 15TH CENTURY!! (That’s according to Merriam Webster. You can read the article here if you need proof). Let’s just say it was an experience. Buckle up!
I should probably start at the beginning. I’m a Texas newcomer, and moved here last summer. Yes, that’s right, during the heat of a global pandemic. That was an experience in and of itself. So, needless to say I was a little behind in the admissions process. I couldn’t even begin the task of applying until I was a resident. So, by the time I got here, class choices were minimal to say the least. I was able to find two online courses: United States History and American Music (I love both subjects, but there was absolutely nothing else). Both went really well, and I was surprised by this. My History Professor was outwardly conservative, which I never expected in a million years! I LOVED my American Music class too. My professor was great. She was passionate about the subject, and it rubbed off on me. Politics didn’t come into the subject matter, and that’s the way it should be. Her skills as a professor showed in the way that she gave us the raw facts and allowed us to form our own opinions on these facts. She then allowed us to share these opinions, without fear of being crucified in front of our fellow students (isn’t that remarkable?). That’s not to say that I was thoroughly disappointed in the sheer stupidity of my classmates, but hey, we can’t have it all.
Maybe I’m harsh for saying stupidity, but I was certainly disappointed. Having to read through discussion board posts with more grammatical and spelling errors than a two-year old trying to play scrabble made for a long afternoon. This was made worse by the fact that I had to respond to two of these posts to receive credit for my assignment.
I know we love our “Mock Toks” around here, but I really don’t think a college discussion board (for a grade) is the place to be plugging your TikTok account and asking for followers (I’m not kidding).
With all that being said, it’s sad to see how all of these professors (even the liberal ones) are feeling frustrated and defeated because all of these kids are dumb as rocks. The number of times I got an overly complimentary comment on my homework for simply following the directions and turning in the assignment on time was a little ridiculous. The sad part is these professors have to pass most of these kids. A MAJORITY of them can’t do simple assignments, and what happens when a majority of the kids in all of your classes fail? You get fired. It doesn’t matter how good of a teacher you are, if all of your classes are full of failing kids, you take the blame. In reality, it’s the fault of the middle and high school teachers who passed them through their classes. It’s not like these kids could do hard assignments for 7 years, and then forget it during the summer between high school and college. They were never able to complete the work to begin with. This isn’t a slam on ALL teachers, but we can all agree that there are people who suck at their jobs in every field. It’s really beginning to show in the education of America’s kids.
Was I the only one who didn’t realize that you still get a degree with straight D’s? THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SO MANY ADULTS WHO CAN’T DO THEIR JOBS!!!! These colleges are so eager to take your money that they’ll basically give a degree to anyone who ponies up with their pocketbook. Do you know how hard it is to get a D overall in every class? It’s hard! This, combined with the fact that professors hand out grades that aren’t deserved, is why our country is in the gutter. Why would you work really hard on an assignment when you could put forth a quarter of the effort and still come out of it with an A or a B? You wouldn’t, but these students love that. You know what it reminds me of? Marxism and the equal distribution of wealth. My fellow Gen Zers want equal distribution of wealth, and they’re being given a positive experience of it in college. Why would you work hard if we all get the same thing in the end anyway? It made me ask myself this question over the course of the last year while I was in these classes. “Why am I working on assignments for 16 hours a day if I could get the same results if I did a quarter of the work?” Because it goes against everything I believe in. I love the satisfaction of knowing that I did the best I could, and I don’t want any excuses being made for me (call me old fashioned).
My second semester did not go as smoothly. I took Art History, Humanities, and English. Three classes which I thought I would LOVE based on my interests but turned out to be my living nightmare. Over the course of the Spring semester, I lied. A lot. There was no way around it. Keep in mind that a lot of questions that were asked of me were very liberal, and very one-sided. The questions were asked in a way that made me feel like there was only one answer that was going to be acceptable, which is the opposite of what college is supposed to be (unless you’re taking a math or science class). I got three absolute gems for professors (if you consider AOC to be a gem, which I do not).
Art History, which was my least favorite to begin with, actually turned out to be the best one. Had I not done a search for my professor on Twitter, then I would have had nothing bad to say about it. One tweet can leave a bad taste in your mouth, and this was worse than a bad taste. I won’t go into great detail, but it was along the lines of “Everybody who voted for Trump is to blame for 1/6. You did this, and America will not forget” blah blah blah. So, needless to say, I wasn’t a huge fan. I thought about bringing it to the Dean’s attention, but I knew no one would care anyway, which is hilarious because if a professor had said the same thing about the riots last summer then it would have been on the national news (the double standards should speak volumes to you all).
Politics didn’t come up in any of the materials, so the class itself was great. It was very well run, and I left with a wider knowledge on the subject, which is all I can ask. The funny part is, this professor was my #1 fan, but had he known that I voted for Trump, hell would have rained down from on high. This is why I don’t “speak out” at school. It’s not so much about people knowing what I believe. I don’t care about that. It’s about the fact that it would affect my grades, and there would be no way for me to come back from that. Liberals are SPITEFUL! These liberal professors would never look at you the same way again, no matter how good your work is. I want my work to speak for itself. Maybe I’m a coward or a “shadow conservative.” Call me what you want, I don’t care. I’m trying to build a future for myself, and if there’s something I could do to make sure it doesn’t get burnt down before I even begin (simply leaving my political beliefs out of my assignments), then I’m going to do it.
I began the semester thinking that English was going to be my favorite. Surprise: it was the worst. When your English professor halfway puts together a curriculum with SPELLING MISTAKES, you know something went wrong somewhere. I’m a stickler for spelling and grammatical errors but COME ON! In an English class?
This professor was also a liberal, but that wasn’t really my problem. The real problem was that he was tough on the smart kids and easy on the idiots. I was one of two kids in this class that could string a sentence together (as I’m sure you can tell by you having made it to word #1292 in this post). 25-2=23 kids in this class couldn’t write. There is no way that these people should have, or could have, passed a high school English class.
Like I mentioned earlier, these college professors aren’t willing to risk their jobs to actually teach anyone. So, it can be safely assumed that most of these kids got decent grades. Meanwhile, I got docked 10 points (out of 100) for using a contraction once in a four-page paper. All of this, coupled with the fact that this professor was rarely available for questions or concerns, made for a lovely experience. I learned nothing. When I say nothing, I mean NOTHING.
I know I said English was the worst, but I think it was tied with Humanities, but for a different reason. This professor was like AOC on steroids. We “learned” about Marxism for two weeks. When I say “learned” I mean that she spent two weeks telling us about how amazing it was. How we don’t need class systems, and capitalism is the worst thing that happened to America. What?! I’m not even going to elaborate on that. If your professor is preaching Marxism and the abolishment of the class system, something has gone horribly wrong somewhere.
Over the course of the semester, we also learned about all kinds of different religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, etc. There was an actual DISCLAIMER put in front of the explanation of the Old Testament (which plays a role in both Judaism and Christianity). It explained how there was no historical proof that any of these events happened, and someone probably just made it up. Nothing about any of the other religions though. Not even for the Egyptian gods, Greek gods, and Roman gods. But hey, maybe it was a mistake! (if the liberals despise anti-semitisim, then how is this even allowed?).
Then we made it to the story of the founding fathers! That was a real treat! My professor so graciously explained to us how Thomas Jefferson was a nasty old man who rode to fame on the backs of slaves and never amounted to anything over the course of his life. It’s shameful we remember his name. She also explained to us how it wasn’t, and still isn’t, true that “all men are created equal.” Do we not all start out in life as a baby? (If our mothers are gracious enough to give birth to us?)
Safe to say, this last year has been an experience! Luckily, I was able to escape with all of my core values, and my 4.0 GPA, fully intact. College campuses are becoming more dangerous for young conservatives by the day. The system is so broken I don’t even know where you would begin to try to repair it. If you know a conservative college student, hug them. It’s dangerous out there.
If you made it this far, you deserve an award. This makes me excited for the Fall now that I have a captive audience to spill the tea to.