There have been articles within the Royal Purple in the past few months that indicates that students here at Whitewater are having to pay hidden fees when it comes to classes. I myself haven't really taken notice to this until this semester. The hidden fees that I am talking about are the fees that come once you've already handed the University your left arm and right leg. You'll get to all of your classes during the first week of the semester and your professor hands you your course syllabus and within that document are a list of books, materials, or subscriptions that you have to sign up for. More recently, I've had to sign up for ITBE 280 and a Website Development course. For my ITBE 280 class I had to purchase a book that cost roughly $80.00 and then the license for the website that cost about $60.00. That's $140.00 that I didn't pay within my tuition and that I didn't know I had to pay. To add more icing to the cake, I also have to purchase a subscription to a tutorial website for a Website Development class. The subscription will be at a discounted student price (roughly 20% off) but it will still be between $45-$90.
Side note: If I am here at this University to be taught by professors, why do they insist on me getting a subscription to a tutorial website that will teach me how to make a website instead of them teaching me themselves? I just pissed away a couple of thousands of dollars on tuition just to sit in the same room as them, but they don't want to teach me so they're having a website teach me? I could have just as easily of bought the cheaper subscription and taught myself and received no credits than having to pay both fees. But that's just how lazy some professors are I suppose...
Back to the main topic, it's really made me 'critically pissed' at the fact that I have to pay all of this money on tuition, housing, meal plans, etc and THEN I have to purchase all of these hidden requirements just so I can earn a measly 16 credits. Thanks Whitewater for the hidden fees, I guess I didn't want to save my money anyway.
The reasons why I came to Whitewater was that I would love it here being on the bowling team and going to school to be a teacher which can land me a job anywhere in the US. Little did I know that I would end up having a few days of just plain irritation on campus whether it be a not so great professor, the class not being very up to date, and the college of education not being helpful at all! So, what is the point of people here getting paid when they either don’t want to do their job or don’t know how to do their job here on Whitewater’s campus? I have a class that I absolutely hate just for the simple fact that the professor won’t hand out a syllabus or put it up on D2L. Isn’t that their job or is that just a nice thing that all of my other professors have given me up until this semester with this specific professor?
Besides that irritation, what is the point of taking a different class that I have this semester when every assignment I do hasn’t been updated, so therefore it is wrong. I am getting so annoyed when I have to figure out how to do something I have never done before by myself. For example, rather than saying file then print on the instructions it will say print and then later on say you have to do file then print. When your whole class is like that and you have to make time out of your day to take a stupid class that has all the instructions wrong wouldn’t it piss you off too?
Lastly, why is it that last Spring, when I went into Winther Hall to try to change my major they tell me to go to the third floor, and that lady tells me to go back down to the second floor where I was at the first time. So they tell me this time to go to another lady on the third floor again and when I get there the lady says she can’t help me and that I need to go back home and research what I want to change my major to. Well I already had done that, so I filled out the major change form after talking to the history department and found out that yeah I would have been turned away last year without help, and they had no reason for why. I turned that in but I still have my entire folder from the history department with all my information on my major requirements. Well I asked why my major on D2L hasn’t been changed this spring semester, after a year, and Winther Hall could only tell me that they might have lost my major change slip because they moved recently. A friend of mine later that day told me that her friend works for them and it’s just that they are backed up on paper work could be the possibility.
So with all this happening in one week at school, wouldn’t you be annoyed with some of the professors here that aren’t willing to give you a syllabus, or that aren’t willing to update their class information, or the college of education not caring about what they are supposed to be getting paid to do? With these reasons, something should be done to increase of the quality of our education.