By Robin Thomas
There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not IHUM should be replaced, and if so, how.
I’ve also been made aware of several conversations about how Stanford students don’t know how to deal with failure. I’m surprised no one asked my opinion about either of these issues, because I’ve got the perfect idea to deal with both at once:
LIFE 101: How To Deal With Failure (5 units)
This class, required for freshman, is a priceless, hands-on learning opportunity. The professors stress that success in the class will only result from 100% attendance, close analysis of all the texts in the 800-page course reader, and a minimum of 72 hours of studying for the final exam and each of the four midterms. It is projected that approximately half the class will adhere to these guidelines like they’re the letter of law, and will feel both superior to and infuriated by the other half the class, which never goes to lecture and uses the pages of their course readers to roll blunts.
The reality is that whoever takes the class gets an F. Graduates of the course begin the rest of their Stanford career having learned a valuable lesson about life: no matter how much hard work you put into it, you’re still gonna lose.
Have a nice day.