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Katherine McCabe / Gavel Media

It's Time to Talk About the Core

The Gavel's Diatribe acts as the satirical medium for short rants over topics ranging from complete triviality to utmost importance.

You would think that the toughest thing about being a political science major would be the heavy workload of papers that come with it. Maybe it would be the philosophy and theory aspect or the fact that the average salary one-year post-grad is $50,000 a year. Maybe it would be having to suffer through the “Devil’s Advocate” type of guy that is in every class. If you thought any of this, you would be wrong. At BC, searching for an easy elective and core class is the toughest thing academically for me and many others in the social sciences. I knew that once I got an awful pick time, I would be fighting to the death for a professor who didn’t have a 2 out of 5 on Rate My Professor. After all, getting through the core and using it as a GPA cushion is everyone’s expectation at BC. I have learned quickly that too many core classes here are WAY too hard, and have been harder than my actual major classes.

I thought that picking a film class as an elective would be the smartest thing ever. The class lectures had been great, and the reading had been mostly manageable until the first midterm arrived. Even though I had studied for the exam for days, I ended up with an F. I repeat, my first F ever on an exam at Boston College was in a FILM CLASS. 

Now, I get that it’s kind of on me for taking the class and not switching out of it during the add/drop period. I could have gotten myself out of the mess of a grade that class has given me, but for required core classes, nobody has that luxury of just getting out of a bad grade, and it is ridiculous. 

Too many professors of core classes treat their class like it is the only one that their students are taking, even though it is a requirement for us to graduate. Sure, assign 250 pages of reading a week for a class that I need to graduate from and have zero interest in! It feels as if it is a punishment if you aren't interested in the subject matter, and so many of the core classes have participation grades as well. Even though I do all the work for the class, I cannot be bothered to be passionate about what I am learning. 

Don’t get me wrong, I know it is really important to have a well-rounded education with many different subjects, even if it isn’t something that I like. The problem comes when professors treat their class like it is equivalent to the major classes you are taking (I am talking to you, Natural Science professors). 

For now, I’ll just have to hope that the Eagle Apps pick-time odds are in my favor and pray I get a relaxed professor who is aware that I have four other classes that are supposed to be ten times harder than theirs.