Anybody else tired of taking pre-reqs?

  1. I know that we need them in order to get into the nursing program but some of them seem SOOOOOO useless! I have a Dialogue class and all we do is read this wierd book that the professor wrote himself, nobody understands it and we have to write papers on it! Sociology just seems like it's all about race (may be different at other schools idk). I like my Anatomy and learning to like my math class. Those two are the only classes I'm taking this semester that seem like they're gonna help me to be a good nurse. I just want to start my major already! Does anybody else feel or has felt this way?
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  3. by   nguyency77
    I spent 7 years at a private school that emphasized classical/liberal arts education. I don't like taking certain classes, like philosophy and other humanities simply because I spent too many of my high school days trying to read The Republic and other boring books.

    I know what you mean about wanting to start nursing school. Definitely cannot wait to be done with my Drawing I class. Yes, drawing is lovely and artsy-fartsy; fun to do when I have free time, not so fun when the teacher insists that everything is drawn in black, and gray and nearly every day we're drawing the same ugly still-life! She puts a cooking pot, a cowboy boot, and a couple of vases on the table and we have to draw it for 3 hours. I've been in class since AUGUST. LOL

    I do think having a rounded education is important, though. There is a world beyond science pre-requisites, and it's very important (even if you don't think the course has any practical value) to learn about a variety of topics. You never know when it comes in handy. When I was working as a CNA, I sometimes provided care for veterans of war. My fixation with history came in handy, as I was able to break the ice with these residents. They seemed impressed when I actually knew the places they said they fought at, and what those battles were for.
  4. by   RunnerRN2015
    My school doesn't require any pre-reqs (you can take everything WITH the NUR classes) but I started in their pre-nursing program January of this year to get the rest of the non-nursing classes out the way (A&P 1 and 2, micro, math/dosage calculations, and med term--I already had SOC, ENG, PSY, etc completed from a previous major) and I'm beyond ready for micro to be over! It's my last non-nursing class. Starting in January, it's NUR only!
  5. by   CDEWannaBe
    Welcome to higher education. The faculty sets the degree plans, which are all the classes you have to take to graduate. But the catch is they all want THEIR classes listed as requirements so they have job security. And the college is complicit because students (or the Federal Government if you get federal financial aid) is obligated to pay the tuition for these requirements.

    Because of this silliness it now takes most student 3 years to get an ADN/ASN and 5 years to get a Bachelors degree.

    I've received a BA and am a reasonably intelligent person who now works at a college. Most classes outside of your major are a waste of time. They are not life changing and rarely make you a better person. You might be able to answer a few more questions on Jeopardy, but that's about it.
  6. by   FaithGurl93
    What school do you go to?
  7. by   x_factor
    While it is tiresome, I also understand it. I started pre-reqs thinking it was useless to take an art elective, and in the beginning even wondered if I'd use much of the psychology I was learning. And I was already an A+ student in english, and I'm holding that same english grade now that I'm in college, however I have learned a lot in the different writing styles we've been taught. My art elective has opened my eyes to all types of artists, styles of art, and historic art pieces. I find myself willingly watching documentaries on different artists now. Same with psychology, it started with me being so bored, but now I am fascinated with the topics at hand and some of the theorists we've learned about as well. I've really enjoyed getting the well-rounded education that my pre-reqs have provided me with this semester. Not enjoying math quite as much as my other classes, but it's a necessary evil, lol.
  8. by   giarose2007
    YES I know how you are feeling!!!! I just want to be done with my pre-reqs!
  9. by   SaraMC
    I HATE sociology. I feel it's pointless and does not pertain to what I really need to know and takes time away from my important subjects(A&P , etc) but its required. I'm about to take humanities and dev. Psych in spring. Hopefully I won't feel that way about them. It just sucks going from full on science study mode to learning why society governs criminal actions. Lol
  10. by   laylayluv90
    I don't like the pre reqs I would like to skip through it :-) I want to go straight to the nursing part!!!
  11. by   oceanise
    I go to school in Texas, and you're required to take 2 semesters of government, 2 of history, 2 of English comp, an art class, etc. to get any bachelors degree in this state... so yeah I can understand your sentiment. I didn't mind psych, sociology, or human growth/development though. After 3 years of taking pre-reqs I'm just so ready to actually start the nursing program.
  12. by   perioddrama
    Pre-reqs can be tedious, but they help us all to become well-rounded individuals, and eventually, nurses.

    To make it less tedious, do not think the whole class as "useless," but try to find a little nugget within that class that makes it interesting and fun. At least, that was what I did to make taking the pre-reqs more enjoyable.

    Keep your goal in sight: all the pre-reqs leads to nursing school.

    Good luck!
  13. by   calinursestudent818
    I feel your pain and I haven't even started taking my prereqs yet! But for both the schools I am considering, they both have about 8 prereqs that I have to will probably take about a year-year and a half to get through them all with my budget limitations right now. If I had the money and time now, I would just do all the prereqs in a few months. The sciences, math, english & Pysch I get for Nursing but everything else seems not related. I think it makes sense to have prereqs that are related to what you are studying, does that make sense? Everything else just seems like useless time wasting filler.
  14. by   calinursestudent818
    BTW I already have a BA in another field and I felt the same way when it came to my with general ed classes. Again I understand some of them and why they were important to take but the majority seemed like just a bs reason to keep you there longer and get more of your money. My 4 year education turned into a 5 year because my college also changed a few general ed requirements towards end of my Jr year, so it ended up adding another semester to my schooling. Grrr!