Dishonorable Discharge
by enlite
(692 views) - 1/18/06
(recorded 1/18/06 @ 1:15:15 PM)
Ever since I was a wee young lad I've been stuck happily enrolled in some sort of "accelerated learning". Now, I don't mean the "accelerated learning" that is actually slower and years behind and only called that so the retards "gifted" kids don't feel how much the truth really hurts, no, I'm talking about programs like GATE, ALP, Honors, AP, and finally the Barrett Honors College.

I've had my beef with most of these groups. Southern California's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program taught me that smart kids get better crayons than dumb kids. That's right, while the lamers and weirdos had their little 16 count coloring box, we rocked the house with 64 of those bitches! A lot of the colors looked the same and all of them tasted delicious.

NOTE: "crayon" is one of those words that just seem crazy if you look think about them too long. Also, a google image search for "too many crayons" is horribly disappointing.

When I moved to Arizona I was put in the ALP program (the advanced learning program program) for math and paired up with our own Mr. Mitchell for english (I remember a lot of days in the library storage closet throwing and/or trying to juggle things...). This time I learned that the smart kids play with glue and listen to alternative rock music while the dumb kids do math and english. Rock on.

In Honors/AP classes in high school I did extra work, so I was told, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if you added up all the busy work the regular teachers assigned (to keep their delinquent kids busy, not allowing them the time to plan their next attack on society), they probably did a lot more than we did. So, again, the smart kids get off easy.

In college it's a little bit different. If you want to be an Honors student you have to do the same work as a non-Hon, but also sign-up and complete an extra project. These range from ridiculously extensive mapping of neuro functions to just filling out the form online and automatically getting credit. But there's more, you also have a shitload of extra graduation requirements, oh, and pay $1000 a year. If you don't, you can't even get honors credit for any of your classes.

Away from the topic, I went to see my honors advisor about five times in the last year, and I've completely regretted every visit. Not only do honors advisors have NO IDEA what they're talking about, they also have a tendency to sign you up for unnecessary classes; the kind of class you loathe just because (well, there are about 80 good reasons, they just don't surface often enough to list). The point: I have been signed up for SPA111 three times and I've dropped it each semester because my REAL advisor, Ms. I Actually Know What Psych Majors Are Doing, tells me that my honors girl is a dork. Yes, she called her a dork. Also, the new 2006-2007 calendar coming out next fall has no foreign language requirement. Fuck ^ Yeah.

Summation:

I'm tired of the honors college and their lousy advice. I'm really over the attitudes walking around Irish who ignore me because I'm "just a psych major". And I'm certainly not paying thousands more for an "honor" that no one will care about. Maybe if ASU was a good school I'd be more concerned... but it's not.

I officially announce my resignation from the Barrett Honors College.

Fuck you BHC — I'm over you.
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Notes:
as one of the smart-at-times kids, good job, welcome to the crew.

now, the best lesson i've learned so far in life:
you don't have to know things to be smart.
just speak louder than everyone and smile alot.....you get more bonus points than that.

second:
there's more to college than studying. beer, girls (or guys =D), beer, homies, drugs, and video games are all that you really need.....oh, and beer.





ummmm, the end.

...we are but blind men...
   [Blakesta (J) 1/18/06 3:20 PM]




as one of the smart-at-times kids, good job, welcome to the crew.

now, the best lesson i've learned so far in life:
you don't have to know things to be smart.
just speak louder than everyone and smile alot.....you get more bonus points than that.

second:
there's more to college than studying. beer, girls (or guys =D), beer, homies, drugs, and video games are all that you really need.....oh, and beer.





ummmm, the end.

...we are but blind men...
   [Blakesta (J) 1/18/06 3:25 PM]




The fact that you posted that twice makes me feel more stupid than I would have if I'd read your entry.


   [enlite (J:: M) 1/19/06 12:47 AM]




hooray for not writing a thesis, then?

I like not having 7:40 studios... but other than that, the honors college is utterly fucking useless for fine arts majors. (it's almost as bad as the school of art itself.)

human event is pretty cool, though.


   [sound affects (J) 1/22/06 4:23 AM]




i did post that twice...how ironic.

i'm not deleting it *glares*


yay for sports majors.

...we are but blind men...
   [Blakesta (J) 1/23/06 4:05 PM]




wait, a fine arts AND psych major, oh no fuck that. comminucations (playing with tv/radio shit) and fine arts (occasionally doodling with progress) is where i'm at hehe.

loving every minute of it.

~Cut and print~
   [noprotein (J:: M) 2/5/06 10:48 AM]




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