College days – though different now – still useful in life
By Jim Schuh
Recently, we were visiting with a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) student who, along with his family, are close friends of ours. He’s in his first semester at the university and is having a particularly difficult time with his psychology class. In fact, he thinks he’s on a path toward failing the course.
In my college days, the university didn’t require me to take a psychology class, so I can’t give our friend much help. But I did suggest that when the professor tells the class on the first day that half of them will flunk, as his psychology professor did, it’s time to drop the course. Teachers who use that tactic are not looking after students’ best interests.
I think I’m qualified to say that after spending 32 years in the classroom at UWSP as an adjunct professor. I never felt it productive to use that type of threat; rather, I offered to give students whatever assistance I could to help them.
We suggested to our young man friend that 25 years from now, the experience probably will be humorous. So, we said he shouldn’t be overly concerned and when he has to re-take the class, he should seek out a different teacher.
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