The scene: A fresh-faced National Merit Scholar (NMS) meets with an advisor to set her fall schedule.
Well Meaning Advisor (WMA): "You've got some good courses picked out but you need to go ahead and take the ONE, and ONLY, Math course required for your major. Take it now. The longer you wait the more you'll regret it later. Math isn't something like riding a bicycle. You don't use those skills 'every day' so the longer you put it off, the more you'll forget. [Aside through the fourth wall: "...of what little you actually gleaned from high school."]
National Merit Scholar (NMS): "But like, I don't like Math. Do I have to? I just want, like, a break from it."
WMA: "I'm telling you; the longer you wait the tougher it's going to be."
NMS: "Hmm. I don't think any of the Math courses will fit into my schedule because I really need to take 'Intro to This' with Kimberly this semester. We went to high school together, you know?"
WMA: "There's other times available for Math. Look. Here's one that fits right between 'Intro to This' and 'General That.'"
NMS: "Umm. That won't work. I have something else to do then. I'll take Math next semester. Really. I promise."
WMA: "I can't make you take Math this semester, but you need to know you'll have to have it. I strongly recommend getting it out of the way."
NMS: "Nah. This being my first semester, I don't want anything too hard."
WMA: "Just know that you'll have to have it eventually."
NMS: "Oh, I know. I also know I can do Math but I just don't want to this semester."
WMA: "Don't wait until you're about to graduate to take Math. I've seen it happen too often that a
NMS such as yourself will put off Math until their last semester and end up struggling in it or even failing it."
NMS: "I won't wait. I'll do it just as soon as I can fit into my schedule."
Time passes. It is now the registration period before her last semester. NMS is going over her degree plan with a Faculty Advisor.
FA: "Everything seems to be in order, Former National Merit Scholar now Fair-to-Middling College Student, except you need a Math course to complete all your degree requirements."
FNMSnFMCS: "Math?! No one told me I needed Math! I haven't done in Math since high school. At least it's a freshman level course so it'll be a blow-off since I hate Math anyway."
FA: "Those dirty, well-meaning advisors. Why don't they tell students they need Math their first semester? They sure aren't doing them or us any favors over there."
Apply. Rinse. Repeat.
-- Sawyer in Student Services