The Student After Life

Valuable lessons to take away from college as the real world approaches

I’m gonna use what?!

on February 15, 2012

Think back to 7th….ish grade math class. A time when teachers taught on the whiteboard and not via PowerPoint. On that whiteboard, the teacher is drawing something extremely foreign and looks like something a 4 year-old could draw. It’s got some numbers and some other probably important things on it. Remember the box and whiskers plot? No? We’re about to take a trip down memory lane…

For those of you who are like me and have blocked out everything math-related that isn’t adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing,  a box and whiskers plot was that rectangle thing with the two lines drawn from it. Looked like this:

Do you remember thinking, “When am I EVER going to use this?” I believe someone in my class asked that once after learning this box and whiskers thing and the teacher replied with, “Well….you can use it at the grocery store to compare cereal prices!” ……I’m sorry, what? The grocery store is crazy enough. I do not need people, armed with their notebooks and calculators, standing in front of the cereal trying to compare prices. As 7th…ish grade ended, so did learning the box and whiskers plot. We barely knew ye.

If you thought I was going to tell you that I took a trip to the good ol’ Farmville Wal-Mart and ended up dusting off my calculator to construct a cereal-comparing box and whiskers plot….you were wrong.

What I am going to tell you is to keep an open mind to everything you learn during your time in college. Granted, you aren’t going to use every piece of information you’ve learned from every class you’ve ever taken, but it just might come in handy during a heated Jeopardy! competition.

….Am I the only one who has heated Jeopardy! competitions? Oh boy, this just got awkward…Uh okay…back to the topic at hand.

So maybe you won’t use the information in Jeopardy! competitions, but you never know what sort of information you’re going to be required to know for whatever career path you choose. Make sure you’re ready and can prove that you were able to take some valuable things away from each and every class. The minute you think to yourself, “I’m never going to use that” you immediately shut yourself off from whatever is being taught that day. Allow yourself to learn new things. If you’re learning something you already know, allow yourself to expand that knowledge. I promise you won’t regret it.


Until next time…


2 responses to “I’m gonna use what?!

  1. This is so true! I took a sociology class for “fun” my junior year. i had just taken on a huge leadership position within my organization and I had 5 other classes, all required for my major or minor. Needless to say sociology slipped my priority and I did very poor in the class. I barely skidded by and was relieved when it was all over.

    Now, whenever I read an article regarding welfare, I remember everything my professor taught me. It’s funny how knowledge seeps in, even when you were not expecting it.

  2. Oh my gosh I hated that box and whiskers chart! Hahaha and math has also been dumped from my brain. But I agree that alot of times we think we know more than our teachers and we are never going to use this information in real life but I think the principle of being able to learn new things is what we take with us. I remember back in 4-ish grade we learned about battery circuts and what not. I distinctly remember thinking “when in the world will I be called upon to go Thomas Edison and invent some sort of electrical circut.” Well the other day my brake lights went out and I took my basic barely remember 4th-ish grade knowledge and was able to figure out which wire went where. So kids stay in school and try to remember at least 10% of everything, you might need it some day. Great post Gabby!!!


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