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From our perspective: The best and worst classes at RU

We’ve all had those classes that are less than satisfactory. There are the classes where you have to drink a venti Starbucks coffee before attending (even though it’s in the middle of the afternoon), or the classes you spend texting and tweeting, counting the minutes until you’re dismissed. Last, but definitely not least, there are the classes you love and wish you could retake just for fun. Continue reading From our perspective: The best and worst classes at RU

Smart is moderately appealing

Something that I notice is missing from the population of college students I’ve been watching for the past three and a half years is that they don’t seem interested in acting smart. By acting, I don’t mean pretending to be intelligent by using big words that you would find on the SAT and nowhere else. What I mean is there are many really smart people who just aren’t interested in being seen that way.

I feel that I have a lot of experience in dealing with intelligent people who just don’t try hard enough. I was friends with a handful of “gifted” students in high school. Most of them seemed to think that by being in the gifted program they should be revered for their brilliance, even though most of them hadn’t accomplished anything of much importance.

After living in the honors dorm, or residence hall if you’re all politically correct, for over three years, I’ve noticed the trend in people who are considered intelligent seems to have reversed. A lot of people aren’t interested in touching the Honors Academy with a 10-foot pole. Those who are interested tend to stick around only long enough to live in the honors dorm and have early class registration.

Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

Let’s face it, the honors dorm is still basically prison-like and early registration is only a benefit once a semester. Being in the honors dorm gets old really fast. On the other hand, the program forces you to work a little closer with your teachers than you might have otherwise. That’s where the appeal is for those who stay. Sadly very few of us stick with the honors track to the end.

Every year since I’ve been at Radford University, I’ve watched my fellow honors students drop like flies. I think that’s what makes it such an accomplishment in the end. Not dropping out because it’s “a waste of time” or “too hard” means you have work ethic.

Being labeled an honors student or “gifted” isn’t what makes people smart; recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and putting them to good use is what makes us smart. There are plenty of “gifted” individuals who recognize their strengths and decide that they are so smart that getting to class every day on time is beneath them.

That’s what I call a waste of an existence. I dislike seeing people get horrible grades because they think the material in class is too easy. If it’s so easy then you should be able to get it done, right?

Another thing I’d like to warn my fellow students about is coming off as superior to others. Brilliance doesn’t make a difference if nobody can stand to be around you for more than a few seconds without considering the feasibility of jumping out of the nearest window.

It’s bad enough when intelligent people are too smug, but it’s 10 times worse when people act like they have multiple degrees in something they’ve never even cracked a book open to learn about. If you’re insecure enough to have to one-up everyone around you who is a little more educated, I think you have bigger problems than just your intelligence.