College students should have complete freedom to choose their own courses.
University majors usually have their own specific requirements for students to graduate. I am a full time student, and my major is Mechanical engineering. In order to graduate I have to complete 129 credits. Usually every class is about 3 credits. First time in order to register for classes my advisor helped me. I didn’t have an idea what courses should I take or which courses would be comfortable for me. My advisor helped me to register for classes, some of them I haven’t even heard of. First semester was the hardest for me to deal with the reason being an International student and with English as a second language.
Choosing my own classes will give me a freedom to evaluate myself and as I know my knowledge and understanding, I can take only the amount of credits and subjects which will challenge me but not be a burden. I see a lot of students struggle due to their classes, both physically and mentally. Long classes and lots of homework makes it hard to study independently about the topic, sometimes one might lose interest in the class due to these reasons. These classes are usually dropped or students end up getting a bad grade. So I think it is necessary to give students an opportunity to choose the classes which will help them become good students and also keep their interest in the major alive.
Choosing my classes also gives me an opportunity to fulfill the pre requirements for the further classes. As my engineering department has a spiral curriculum which means one has to take basic classes in order to have a better understanding and to qualify for the further classes. Sometimes advisors without understanding the situation of a particular student may assign classes which might create hindrance with fulfilling pre requirements. This actually happened to a friend of mine he was assigned some classes but when he went to register for next term his advisor didn’t had any classes...
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