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A Survey of College Survey

 Written by    January 3, 2019

When am I going to use this in life? That’s got to be one of the most widely-asked questions by students about their classes, both in high school and in college. It’s a fair question to ask, too. After all, when’s the last time you ever had to use the Pythagorean Theorem outside of math class?

After going through a semester’s worth of classes at Ohio State, I’m sad to say that it doesn’t get much better. You learn all this new information, you keep it locked in your head until the next quiz or test passes and then it slowly, frustratingly slips away.

This made it really hard to see why I should try and commit information from my classes to long-term memory; if it wasn’t directly related to my major/minor, what purpose would it serve? This perception changed when I took College Survey.

To put it bluntly, College Survey is essentially College Survival. Ohio State has all sorts of resources that are instantly accessible to its students, but none of them will make any difference to you if you don’t know what they are or how they operate. College Survey teaches you how to avoid that scenario. A few important points to remember:

A stressed-out student admits defeat. Photo Credit: Medibank.com.au

The surveys vary based on college. All survey classes introduce you to Ohio State’s general student resources, but what you have access to can also vary based on your specific school. For instance, a student at the College of Arts and Sciences might have access to different, more specialized resources than a student at the College of Engineering.

The burden of responsibility is placed on you. A vast majority of the assignments given in Survey are completed outside of class by you. This includes things like planning your schedule for the next semester(s) and making your own appointments with your academic advisor(s) to make that happen.

This class is graded differently. Unlike the traditional letter-grading system, survey classes are graded based on satisfactory performance (S) versus unsatisfactory performance (U). This is a minor point, but worth remembering in case you find yourself frantically wondering why there’s an S in your report card.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you initially find it difficult. Every student at Ohio State, regardless of their individual college, has to take a college survey class. As a result, if you find yourself struggling, just remember that literally every student on campus is either struggling with you or has already taken the class and come through all right.

I understand that these points may seem broad, but if I described to you in detail what you learn in College Survey, I’d need to make a whole other post that would be likely be even longer than this one. Suffice it to say, College Survey is a class that is worth paying attention to, and definitely a class that gives you information you can use to make your life at Ohio State as easy as possible.

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