IS EVERY COUSE WORTH STUDYING?
Every other second, the Nigerian university system through the instrumentality of its academic mandate, proffers new courses of study; new curricula, new course designations all with intriguing new nomenclature, and all in a bid to meet the high pitched demand for Tertiary education by the masses as well as to serve for the development of educated outlooks for every facet of life. This is the reality. You might wake up one morning from the weary clutches of slumber to find that,
the weird sounding course – the fantastical one you had joked about with your friends before- has become an actualization; a reality. But why not?
In the wake of it all, the courses offered in Universities will range from a few ascertainable and purportedly professional courses, a larger moiety of perhaps non-professional but still popular and fairly recognizable ones, then to the weird sounding ones but with perhaps an intruiging undertone, and then to the completely incongruous ones; the ones with incredulous names and questionable implication whose very existence one is forced to doubt. Of course, the subsequence then is that the university system, being under mandate to fill the tents of all these courses; good, bad and ugly as they may appear, with students is forced to take dire actions. Being a mechanism rather carefree in its discretion, the University renders potential students with courses as it deems, with or without their averment of a want of such a course.In the end of the day, every new design, every new course acquires maximum studentship with or without the permission of these students.But the fact that the university decides the course a person would study upon its own election is not as much as a ridiculousness as the reaļzation that comes upon a demystification of the implications of this eventuality. What becomes of the burgeoning youth and his dreams of worthy studentship; his dreams of studying a worthwhile course and achieving a venerated feat in so doing? The million dollar question ;“is every course worth studying?”
The answer to the conundrum is not as forthcoming as one may wish, as by necessity various concerns will have to be juxtaposed to realize the truth of the matter. The average individual will be quick to conclude that not every course is worth studying, often from a position of comfort. Another may assert that every course is worth studying, but will lack the prowess and knowledge to explain their stand. Perhaps they assert on a wimp or as a defense. The truth of it is that some courses are by all means questionable in their character. They may fail then to answer to the questions of the possibility of their job security as well as of their general societal and practical purport. Are these exceptional courses worth studying? After all the considerations, would it not be a purposefully flawed conclusion to say that every course is worth studying? Perhaps not.
Every course is worth studying! But “just any course” may not be worth studying. Every course is worth studying because every academic discipline is a valued venture by its own rights. Every recognized design in a university, is made to be so recognized by a certain realization of its societal necessitousness `and applicability. The singular fact that such a subject of study has a clear cut syllable and proposed points of effect on the bigger picture, make it an efficacious venture. The idea of worth in itself is an easily misinterpreted one. Being of worth does not divulge on a course a status of reverence. Worth simply suggests valuableness. Every course is worth studying as every course has its values. Furthermore, every course is worth studying because one can achieve the higher purpose of success in life under the auspices of any academic design. Although the probability of course informed success differs from course to course, truth remains that anyone can be an achiever under any discipline. What more can one ask for? The truth is, the major reason for academic indulgence is to become financially or otherwise successful and where one can acquire this no matter under what heading they toiled in a university and even through such a unpopular course, then every course is worth studying. More so, it is the contention of many that the university environment alone is perhaps the only major benefits of the university. All though the suggestion is questionable, a more subtle interpretation of it may give reasons why any course is worthwhile or rather, why the course of study in itself will not define the person. And true, the university environs gives avenues for self-development and self-actualization beyond its profferings in classrooms. So, where the course one studies and ones grades would hardly be all one may leave with from the school and where one may not eventually be restricted by the sweets of a course designation, then ever course is worth studying by implication. Finally, it has been severally argued that knowledge is an end in itself and not a means to an end. Thus, by merely studying, one has achieved enough and where the question of money making possibilities and societal applicability does not come up, any course is worth the study.
But “JUST any course” is not worth studying. This suggestion is an exception to the above and would apply where a person has a predilection for a course, or special skills as regards a field, or a passion or talent for a certain discipline or a cellestial inclination towards such a course. In this case, just any course is no longer good enough. The reasons for dreams is that they may be actualized and the purpose of having an aspiration is not to an end of reverie. The story of Abe Lincoln comes handy at this juncture. If Abe gave up on his dreams of politics and took to another field due to the adversary he faced, he would lie fallow in a tomb in nonexistent as by today. When one has a dream, it is always advisable to follow it. When one has a talent, even adversary should not compromise ones pursuit of its actualization and when one has a destiny, the university system should not determine otherwise. In such a case, one must employ all rational and realistic means to study the particular course so preferred. This is the truth of it
In the end however, and upon curtain close, hard work determine success and not nomenclature.