The courses a student wishes he had taken

As he prepares to graduate, University of Oregon public relations student Sam Drake reflects on the courses he did not take:

  • Computer science: “To be able to code in Java, HTML, C++ or Python is one skill that is going to be extremely important in the coming years.”
  • Marketing classes: “If I could have taken a few marketing classes then I would have a better grasp of how the business world works.”
  • Language classes: “The last language class that I took was a Spanish class during my sophomore year of high school. After that, I never really used my Spanish speaking ability and have since lost most of my ability to speak it.”
  • Grammar: “I had taken J101 which is the equivalent to beginning grammar at the U of O but I never really got much out of that class. After an internship … I have come to the conclusion that I really need to learn how to write with better grammar.”

Read his full post here.

A lot of students tell me after graduation that they wish they had taken this or that — usually some technology-oriented courses that were offered as electives in our journalism program.

And why didn’t they sign up and take those courses when they had the chance? Only they can answer that.

4 Comments on “The courses a student wishes he had taken

  1. The best non-journalism classes I took were English Grammar and Intro to Human Geology. Grammar is obvious, but Human Geo introduced me to how governments categorize and count their populations and demographics. Just knowing the terminology is a boon when looking municipal records.

    To pose a possible answer to your question, My Freshman Year reveals multiple non-curricular influences in selecting courses like scheduling preferences and Gen. Ed. requirements.

  2. That looks like a good book — thanks! I downloaded the first chapter for Kindle to check it out.

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