Student ponders on future

Two years down and two more to go.

I sit back sometimes and wonder if I am truly prepared for my life after graduation.

Although I am a junior, I have taken the majority of the classes I need to graduate, but I am not sure if I am truly ready to embark on a career.

The requirements for some majors include courses that do not directly benefit the students or their specific areas of study. I sit in classes such as Intro. to Logic and Anthropology and think to myself: Why I am here? My major requires cracking cases and problem solving, and these courses do not enhance those specific skills.

I can honestly say that professors can’t teach skills to students. In other words, professors only have the ability to enhance skills that we are born with. Being successful in a specific field of study like algebra and biology is a natural talent. For example, vocal coaches cannot teach someone to sing. They can only enhance the skills that person already possesses.

From Monday to Friday I go to class and listen to a professor babble on about unnecessary events that do not pertain to my major or goal in life, but don’t get me wrong, I learn a little bit here and there. Truly, all I do is memorize what is going to be on the test and forget the information afterward. I only do enough studying to get an “A” on the test or the homework.

Another thing that others need to realize is that a college degree does not make you good in your area of study. There are people in the working world who don’t have college degrees, but they may have more experience than someone who graduated from college. The only thing that truly matters is experience, not your degree.

Don’t get me wrong or misconstrue what I am saying. I am an advocate for students finishing college, but I’m just saying that having a college degree doesn’t make you any more qualified than someone who doesn’t have an undergraduate degree, your experience does. Graduates may have three or four degrees, but that does not measure their abilities to perform their jobs.

Although it is still early to say, I hope that I am ready to embark on a professional career. Furthermore, I do not doubt the ability of the FAMU professors, and I know they do what they do to the best of their abilities. However, I don’t feel I should be required to take courses that absolutely don’t help me in my major.

Nyerere Davidson is a third-year public relations student from Milwaukee. He can be reached at