I believe the usual reference is “underwater basket weaving.” I always thought it was meant to be a joke, created by slamming random words together, but apparently this is an actual thing. DESCRIPTION. Go figure.
I think every college offer a few strange classes that make everyone do a double take, and wonder how such topics could possibly contribute to a person’s educational goals. And they’re different for every single person. If you’re a math major, you can’t believe you can take Modern Dance. If you’re a lit major, you can’t believe they offer Intro to Plumbing. If you came to school on a sports scholarship…sometimes you’re just surprised to see they offer classes at all. (Yes, I went to a sports school. And yes, if I had any aptitude for athletics whatsoever, I would be of the exact, same, opinion. Who needs school when you can make bank keeping in impeccable shape and effortlessly making people love you?)
So there were several oddball classes I took. I did a day of Modern Dance, but realized I couldn’t go back when the teacher asked us to ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun into the imaginary wind tunnel, and I had to excuse myself before I cracked up in her presence.
I also took a semester of French. In and of itself, this is not weird to me. It was weird in its randomness. I had always wanted to take French, and it was my second semester senior year, and that was one of the languages where you could do first semester, second semester. So I took it and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I took a lit course on death. I got a little too into those books.
All of these classes were phases for me. I wouldn’t say I specifically carry any given one of them with me on a daily basis in my current life. But they’re also all a part of me. Modern dance showed me the extremes to which some artists go to break themselves out of a box. French exposed me to a new side of the world. And the lit course on death taught me that death could be beautiful. I might not have learned those lessons any other way.
My advice to you? Take a random class. It will be worth your while.