I’m back in school. I’m already reminded why I dislike it so much.
1. Accounting Book
So, I bought my accounting book after hearing from my peers that it’s “like totally the hardest class ever.” This book cost me more than $100, and it is 800 pages. The content starts out with “What is a business,” which already makes me want to dig my eyes out with a spork, but it isn’t until I flip through to the back that I realize this book is essentially “How to read a form 10-Q quarterly earnings report in 800 pages.” If you can’t read a form 10-Q before college, then you shouldn’t be majoring in finance.
2. Accounting Classes
Naturally this accounting class is a prerequisite to a million different classes. I tried to take both this one and managerial accounting at the same time. Apparently that was a no-go, and I’m pretty sure that this is going to bone my schedule well into the future. I hate prerequisites because, like Dave Ramsey, they make the implicit assumption I’m a moron.
Amid the WTF that is my schedule weighting towards the latter half of the week—Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are “WTF”—bowling has to be the biggest WTF. In an era where we rant and rave about the ever-rising cost of tuition, student loan debt, and non-bk condition of student loan debt, why am I paying $300 + cost of gas to go bowling once a week?
4. Finance is so easy
Want an easier major with great employment opportunities? Go into finance. Finance exploits one of the worst (best?) problems of all: most people can’t manage basic mathematics when there is a dollar sign in front of the numbers.
Sure, engineers will give you a hard time because finance isn’t math-y enough, or science-y enough. But that’s a good thing. Psychics will teach you how to kick a football through a goal post. Finance will teach you how to profitably hire someone to kick a football profitably through a goal post, while hedging your non-systemic risk with derivatives and passing off the remaining risk to the US Treasury. 😉