*cry cry cry*

On the one hand, bad college or university classes are such a First World Problem.

Was there a lot of written work? Did you have to think really hard some times? Were you too literate and not starving to enjoy it? Were your other group members sort of lazy or unkempt? Did you have to get off Facebook for 50 minutes? Was your prof a little too leftist, the cuddliest of the i.s.t.s?

Those sort of complaints will earn you limited sympathy from those with sense. It can be rough going, but at the end of the day the only person stopping you from getting an education is you. I have complained about classes in the past, but having been in what I would consider a Legitimately Terrible Class, I will never complain about the mundane again.

This brings us to the other hand, which is that bad college and university classes are the penultimate First World Problem.

Did your teacher express racist opinions, using their position in the classroom to remain unchallenged? Did other students marginalize their peers, causing them undue hardship and emotional duress in the pursuit of higher education? Are you a student of any minority position (based on age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or anything else) who has been silenced on an academic ListServ?

If any of these questions are answered in the affirmative–and all of them have been–then we have a Real Problem. The next question is: What are we going to do about it?

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