Lecture preferred over internship

There is no arguing that internships can be a valuable extension of classroom learning as Ashley GoetzâÄôs Wednesday column âÄúInternships are a necessityâÄù points out. However, as my British literature lecture class discussed her comments, we came to the conclusion that she was out of line to consider our presence in the classroom worthless. A very large majority of the lecture voted that being in class was their preference when offered the alternative of entering the âÄúreal world.âÄù If a student is finding that being in class is a chore, perhaps she should be questioning the value of her existence in college at all. Since our society has developed to the point where a college degree is the new high school diploma, it is worth considering that many students in college are not interested in embracing the liberal arts experience they signed up for. Of course, students want to know that their experience in college will be applicable to the real world in the long run. For now, it is our job to attend classes and, particularly in CLA, immerse ourselves in the wide body of knowledge that academia has to offer. Students are not âÄúcramming [their] mind[s] with useless trivia,âÄù and I among others know exactly why I am in school: to be in school. Students who are in school to complain about having to take classes should seriously reconsider their academic and career goals. If Ashley Goetz had paid attention in her British literature class, perhaps she would have remembered reading Mary WollstonecraftâÄôs âÄúVindication and the Rights of Woman.âÄù The author elegantly argues that being a part of the real world without an adequate education makes us âÄúprey to prejudicesâÄù and blindly submissive to the structures of authority in our world. Your education matters: appreciate it. Sure, internships are great experiences, but you have the rest of your life to live outside the University. Put down this paper and pay attention in your British Literature lecture, and you just might gain the tools you need to make living in the real world worthwhile. Lindsey Beltt University student