Are eyebrows considered facial hair? What language do deaf people think in? Why didn’t Tarzan have a beard? When you’re sitting in a 2 hour lecture, bored out of your mind, these are the insane questions that pop up, as I’m sure many of you have experienced.
I went into my first philosophy lecture already about to fall asleep. I had already decided that I hated the subject, and it just wasn’t of any interest to me. Every minute that went by was torture, as I sat in that cramped chair and watched slide, after slide, after slide of stuff I didn’t want to pay any attention to.
I remember coming out of that first lecture in a horrible mood, meeting up with my friends and complaining about how dull my last two hours had been. I also swore to them that I would be dropping the course as soon as I got home, because “it was soooo boring!”.
Being the procrastinator I am, I actually forgot to drop the course, and ended up attending my second lecture on the next day. This time, I decided to try to pay attention. I figured if I was going to drop the course, I might as well make the most of my last day and take in as much information as possible. I was surprised to find that I got through the first few slides quite easily. In fact, I found them really interesting! The rest of the lecture flew by as I learned so many new concepts and theories.
I went in to the first lecture with my mind already made up – I didn’t like philosophy, therefore I would hate this course. My negative outlook made my whole experience negative. On the second day, when I came in with an open mind, I was able to learn so much in a field that I once had no interest in.
The moral of the story here is: just give it a chance! Although something may be completely foreign to you, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try. Don’t be too quick to drop a course, because you may end up loving it!
Also, if you guys have any answers to my random questions that I think about in class, or want to share some of your own crazy in-class thoughts, please comment below!