Man, I can’t even count the times that I’ve looked up from my notes in class and seen every single computer in front of me with facebook on the screen. No notes in sight – just the telltale white and blue windows and a vague reflection of the computer’s owner, complete with the classic thousand-yard stare. And hey, I’m no saint. I’m occasionally on facebook too, and about halfway through a three-hour history lecture, my eyes get more glazed over than a Tim Horton’s doughnut. But let’s be real here – it’s a waste of money.
“WHAT?” You say? “Liz, you’re crazy – facebook is totally free.” Yes, you are quite right. HOWEVER, your classes aren’t. Our professors said something at the beginning of the semester that really stuck with me. If you divide up the total of my tuition fees between all the classes I have, I’m basically paying fifty dollars per class. Now let me ask you.
Would you pay fifty bucks to log in to facebook for a couple of hours?
I doubt you would even pay that much for a month’s worth of facebook time. So why do we do it?
Facebook and all those other websites you click through absentmindedly while your professor drones on are highly addictive, and when you have internet access, it’s hard to resist. It’s perhaps even more so for students who are just out of high school, and that may be for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s very different to have a teacher who isn’t breathing down your neck, who won’t check to make sure you’re doing the work or paying attention in class. A few might give you a dirty look if they notice that you’re taking a quiz on what celebrity you are most like, but for the most part, they don’t seem to care in the slightest.
It feels like freedom to the inexperienced freshman, but after a while you start to notice that it actually reeks of responsibility. They don’t check because they really don’t care. It’s your job to pay attention in class; it’s your job to take the notes, and if you are so un-dedicated or uninterested that you can’t type up the information they are handing to you, then you might as well just drop out, and save yourself the money.
These things that we’re learning now – every class is to teach you something that you will require in your field one day. It’s not like high school anymore, where you have to take certain courses, whether you like it or not, and you may not use most of that stuff ever again. Here, every class has a purpose, and the semesters are so short, there’s really a lot your profs have to cram in. And I want you to think honestly with yourself for a moment here; if you have to work at maintaining an interest in your classes, and you would rather be chatting with your friends or following Lady Gaga or Britney Spears’ antics on Twitter (They are apparently the top two most followed people on Twitter now. This saddens me somewhat.) then maybe you aren’t in the right program.
Why would you pay that much money to get an education in a profession that is apparently less interesting to you than “I’m thinking about doing some Yoga this week. Let’s get spiritual! -Britney”?
It baffles me.
So yeah. Sorry to preach folks, but it’s true. And sad. So I challenge you!! I am going to go the rest of this month without using facebook during class time, and dear readers, I encourage you to join me. I love my program, and it’s time I started acting like it.