I just want to scream this at every college, every university, every professor, every assistant professor and every faculty member on the board of education. Colleges and universities tend to advertise themselves as "for the students" and "for the community" when that is VERY far from the truth. This mytake won't be about student loans, tuition fees, or on-campus housing...because each of those topics can become separate mytakes in their own right. This mytake is purely about the unnecessary inconveniences students suffer, in regards to time, when they choose to attend university.
This is the biggest complaint that I have. Completely odd and completely inconvenient class times. In many colleges, there seems to be little variation in course scheduling. Most classes are only available in the mornings...because that is DEFINITELY when most of society is available. I guess a lot of people don't work a 9-5; I guess a lot of people don't have kids to get ready in the morning; I guess a lot of people don't have to complete tasks in businesses that are only open in the mornings.
Night and evening classes are almost always scarce at best and online classes are few and far between for students. I understand that professors are people too and that they prefer to work in the mornings, but college isn't about the professors. It's about the success of the students and doing there best to accommodate them. We are not in high school anymore where we just have 6+ hours of free time at our leisure! We are GROWN adults who HAVE to work in order to turn on the lights tomorrow!
Final exams and midterms
Why is it that midterms and final exams seem to take place at a completely different time from the actual class? Why can't they take place at the same time the class has been taking for the whole semester? Seriously...why not? Why is it that most time the midterms and final exams must take place in a different location from the classroom? Why is that? I would understand the need to change locations if you needed a computer lab, or something along those lines, but if we're talking about the general desks, chairs and whiteboard...Why change locations? Also, why must midterms and finals be 3+ hours longgg? I'm sorry, but if you don't know the answer to the question...more than likely, it won't come to you in the next 2 hours. They would literally do things like in high school... setting aside a whole week for finals and midterms, shortening the day and having us change venues. Mainly because there was no need to have a full 6+ hour day for a 1+ hour final/midterm. There was also no reason to utilize all the classrooms when we could all just converge in one place. However, I don't see the need for all this in college.
Mandatory orientations, seminars, workshops, etc
There is absolutely no purpose in these. All things that the instructor will go over in these orientations/seminars/workshops will be asked again the first day of classes, and again throughout the year. You might as well just send us an overview of whatever the hell you want to say through an email...