Just last week, I was sharing with students the excitement of being in college. They do not always look too excited, so I need to remind them every now and then to "buck up buttercup, this stuff is important." I share that the general education requirements are important to life and a foundation to what they will learn in their chosen degree fields. This knowledge is necessary to make connections, necessary to understand more complex concepts, and necessary to not looking stupid at dinner parties.
But, every now and then, these requirements are necessary in our personal lives. I have used algebra countless times in my life as a seamstress and even once when I needed to know how big a refrigerator I could buy to fit in the corner of the kitchen without its swinging door bumping the swinging back kitchen door. It was a little tricky to be sure.
This week, I used what I learned in Psych 101 my freshman semester of college. My dad had a Cerebral Stroke. I know the function of the cerebellum. I know why he is dizzy. I know he may be dizzy for a very long time. I know the brain is an amazing thing and there is hope at building the neurons necessary to make the effects diminish and, in some cases, disappear. I did not have to look up the diagnoses to have a basic understanding. I am sure glad for that Psych 101 class and Dr. Skip Phelps for being so excited about Psychology that she encouraged me to engage and remember.
If you have a moment, my mother could use a kind word and thought.