This week is the week that I begin my first semester f my second year of my undergraduate and I feel the need to talk about something which I’m not sure if I find insulting or not, but certainly don’t understand.
So… university. It’s a thing that happens.
Actually, it’s a place where one goes to study and learn.
Things happen at university, plenty of which provide me with enough annoyance and anger to probably write about them for a few months.
Anyway, there’s a lot of things that I see at university that grind my gears as they don’t make sense to me.
One thing in particular is paying for field trips.
University in Australia isn’t free. It hasn’t been for a long time and that’s a shame because making the financial hurdle that can come with being at university non-existent is rather beneficial to any country.
When I’m in the position where I have to increase my study debt by more than one thousand dollars per course per semester I want to know why I’m paying over one hundred dollars in order to go on a two day field trip.
I don’t understand why this is the case.
What was the fucking course fee for?
So many people seem to accept this as the way that things are because it’s not normal to take umbrage at the fact that despite having to pay money in some form in order to do the subject, you have to pay more money to do something that’s considered mandatory as a different date.
Shouldn’t the course fee cover that?
Shouldn’t the student contribution fee, a separate charge for which I still have no idea as to what it covers other than some vague waving of the hands that hopefully will mean that I don’t ask more questions also be included in the course fees? It goes up the more subjects that I do in a semester, so maybe it should.
It would make a lot more sense than slogging people with it after an arbitrary date because they decided that the course was something they could do.
Probably the reason as the why I have an issue with this is that, being an independent who earns enough to get buy whilst studying full-time, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m spending more money on things that make no sense to spend money on.
Admittedly I could probably cut back on some of my own spending, but I’d like to believe that I don’t indulge that much, which is beside the point as I still have the money to pay for field trips.
I also have to take into consideration what I could be losing out on financially for not working the days which I’d be gone, although my job would hopefully allow me to work extra hours to compensate.
I’m sure there are people at university in a worse position than mine but either aren’t old enough to want to actually speak out or see that something doesn’t make sense.
Well, at least they’re getting taught how to think critically.
I’m sure that there’s plenty of people who are fine with paying more money to a university after paying money in some form for the “privilege” of being able to study one or more subjects. I’m not.
I think that being in a position where I couldn’t attend a field trip because I didn’t have enough money is odd. Some courses allow alternatives to be arranged, but to miss out on something that is considered important because of a lack of funds because something that should be included in the course fees by default isn’t for some reason doesn’t make sense.
Maybe I’ve been working for too many of the few years I’ve been alive and it’s left me with too much time to think.
Maybe coming to university as an adult was not good for leaving me with a good impression of university.
I think that education should be free and I don’t have a problem with a larger portion of my tax going toward keeping education free. If people were worried about more students trying to be freeloaders because of it, well the courses could be re-worked to be a bit more difficult. It wouldn’t matter as students would probably work harder to complete their courses because the financial investment on their part would be obsolete.
Educated citizens can lead to having a stronger country.
Giving debt to students and then giving them more costs to cover makes a bunch of them angry.