Man Thinks University Degree Should Be More Involved

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John Man, student and Che Guevara enthusiast, recently complained to his friends about how his university degree is not challenging or demanding enough.

“I just don’t have that much contact time,” he said with a profound, rueful fatalism. “I only have one lesson a week, and I’m only required to go to one class. Apart from that, I have nothing to do. It’s just not very challenging.”

When he is not attending his classes, Man reportedly spends the rest of his time at home eating cheese and reading humorous synopses of TV shows. “I don’t ever watch television, because I like being challenged. It’s the rigorous pursuit of excellence which I thrive on.”

Bob Guy, Man’s nearest friend, suggested he do more to get involved in university life. Guy cited the many projects and activities available to students, and told several anecdotes about some of the challenging jobs and opportunities he has created for himself over the course of his degree, using his university contacts and connections to advance his career.

Man agreed in principle but voiced his obvious concerns over such a plan. “But you are on campus everyday,” he pointed out. “I’m only in one day a week.”

We spoke to Man’s teacher, Dorothy Shmorothy, about Man’s approach to his studies. “Who?” she said, incredulous.

Man is determined to find a solution to his educational problems. He has already written several Facebook posts about what the government should do to revolutionise the entire system of higher education, and he is now ready to wait for them to do that.

“I have paid all this money for a degree,” he said, “so my expectations should be met.”

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4 Responses

  1. megamezzo says:

    I assume you saw this from Sue McCulloch: http://slippedisc.com/2015/02/must-read-what-every-singing-student-needs-to-know/
    She wrote on the train on her way home after only three students turned up at a song class.

    • Throwcase says:

      I didn’t see that! But it rings true.
      I am regularly astounded when someone, usually a singer it must be said, completely tunes out if you mention a trumpet player or some famous pianist or a great piece for wind quintet. “But I won’t ever have to sing that- why should I know about it?”
      Because you a musician, and because you are a human being! Our only job is to care, just a little bit.

      • AthenaC says:

        “why should I know about it?”

        I hate that question and I think that anyone who utters it fails at life in general. Why should I know about it? Because it’s THERE to be known about. Because it exists. That alone is reason enough to know about it.

        Obviously we’ll never get to a point where we know all there to know but everything we learn we get closer to that point. Learning is good for its own sake.

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