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Why Students Dropped A Class During Sylly Week

Ah, Sylly Week — a time to test the waters full of syllabus readings and introduction discussion posts. Luckily for those who didn’t have the Sylly Week they expected, the first week of classes is a period where students can add and drop classes without any consequences.

Last week, we asked you what made you drop a class during Sylly Week. Whether it’s because early classes are not your thing or you’d rather not be stuck with some gross classmates, we got some pretty reasonable explanations for dropping a class.

Alyssa – GEOG 3N

Alyssa, an international relations major, signed up for GEOG 3N even though she thought it seemed like “the hardest gen ed science you could take” and had a handful of bad Rate My Professor reviews.

Nevertheless, she prevailed…through not even a whole class and dropped mid-lecture.

Maddie – ENGL 209

“I read the syllabus,” Maddie said, and probably a good chunk of other students who dropped a class last week.

Molly – WMNST 490

Although WMST 490 was needed for Molly’s women’s studies major, she was interested in how much work the class would be.

The professor told Molly and her class that they would need to read 13 chapters by the next class. Reading LionPath’s terms for dropping a class was much more digestible.

Alysa – MATH 34

As a journalism major, Alysa knew that waking up for 9 a.m. classes just to do math was not for her.

“Nothing against the professor,” Alysa said. “But I’m quite awful at math.”

Ryan – RUS 143

Ryan’s professor for RUS 143, The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism, was just a few months fresh out of his Ph.D. program and assigned the class a 1,000-word assignment each week along with a minimum 6,000-word final assignment.

A senior journalism student in Ryan’s class told the professor that the amount of work was ridiculous, to which the professor responded that his thesis was 350 pages long so a 6,000-word assignment was not that bad.

“I said ‘truck that’ and left,” Ryan said.

Clare – CHEM 227

As anyone else learning analytical chemistry would also say, Clare had “negative 3737383 idea” of what was going on.

Ryan – MATH 140

Ryan, who is currently undecided about his major, had heard about how terrible MATH 140 would be but was thinking about a science major, which the class is typically required for. After looking ahead at the first homework, Ryan decided to not touch calculus with a 10-foot pole.

“Maybe I’ll look at some English classes or something else,” Ryan said.

That’s the spirit!

Emma – ARTH 100

Emma’s experience in her art history lecture is truly something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. As a nursing major, she needed to fill out an elective credit, but on day one, she was in the lecture hall with some not-so-enjoyable classmates.

“I sat next to the most annoying guy who literally picked his nose and ate it,” Emma said. “Literally a 20-year-old frat bro at 9 a.m. on a Monday.”

Understandably, this was a bit traumatic for Emma, who desperately looked for any other elective to take its place.

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Mackenna is a junior food science major from Manitou Springs, Colorado, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. She loves food, is addicted to coffee, and can give you random facts or bad jokes that you didn't ask for. Ask her to bake gluten-free goodies so she has an excuse to try out new cupcake flavors. Mackenna can be contacted via Twitter @mackennayount (especially if you want to show off your best dad jokes) or you can shoot her an email at [email protected].

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