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How to get inspired to take classes that "don't really matter"


Now that school is back in session, I'm reminded of all of the classes that are required, and "don't really matter".

Admit it, we've all seen classes on our schedule that "don't really matter". It may be an English class, or a Business class, as part of a Graphic Design Degree, which is Fine Arts. If you are seeking to earn a degree from a University, you will be required to take a lot of classes that just don't seem to make any sense. Even at the private college where I taught, which had an accelerated program for Graphic Design, there were classes that were required in English, and Business.

Luckily, I taught the "classes that really mattered" - the core classes in software, and design. I used to ask my students why in the world they were taking an English class - were they thinking of moving to England? Some of them just agreed, and shook their heads, as they had never thought about it, and were never going to. Many gave me a funny look, like "is he kidding?" Yes, I was.

And I'm challenging you, right now, to figure out why you are taking classes that "don't really matter". Go ahead and ask, "how come we gotta do this stuff?" If your teacher can't give you an answer, keep looking. If you're a "conspiracy theory" person, you can imagine that schools are evil places that only want to get as much money out of students, etc., etc.

But if you're really curious, find out about classes that "don't really matter". Do some research, talk to people who are working in the field that you are interested in. And then ask yourself the question - "am I taking classes that don't really matter?"

Of course, all of your classes do really matter, if you're in the right place. And I was just kidding about teaching the classes that "really mattered" at the college. I remember a few students who genuinely didn't see why they should learn Photoshop to be a Graphic Designer! And all of the classes mattered. And students who took them all, and learned from them all, went on to become successful.

So there you go. If you're staring at your schedule right now, and wondering why a Graphic Designer has to take an English class, in spite of your plans to never move to England, it's time to find out. And chances are that you already know.