9 Most Practical Courses for Long-Term Life Experience

While everyone needs to take certain courses to complete a degree, some stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of actual use and value in everyday situations.

1. Logic This course won't make you into Spock, but it's not designed to. Instead, you'll learn how to construct solid, irrefutable arguments, and dismantle weak or fallacious ones. You'll also learn how to recognize when conversations or articles are full of "fluff" words, and when there's actual relevant information packed in there.

2. Professional Writing Texting and the Internet have been great in that they've opened up different ways of communication to many more people, but texting short codes have stunted communicative growth. In just about any career, professional writing is a skill that'll set you apart.

3. Creative Writing You don't have to be the next Hemingway or D.H. Lawrence, but creative writing allows you to tap into your thoughts and ideas, and articulately put them to paper.

4. Math Not everyone will go into a field where math forms the backbone of their job, but being able to perform calculations in your head is useful for any career: figuring out your pay, pension, tax bracket, holiday and gift expenses, monthly budgets, and shortfalls/windfalls.

5. Literature If you think studying the works of Shakespeare has no practical application in life, think again. Reading and analyzing literary greats helps with spelling and grammar, understanding different cultures, critically thinking about timeless ideas, and seeing other points of views.

6. Economics Gone are the days when you could trust your 401(k) to deliver a cushy, comfortable retirement package. Now, independence and individuality are becoming the norm and understanding how the finances of the world economy works will only be to your benefit.

7. Music Dozens of studies, such as the ones performed by the Stanford School of Medicine and the New York Academy of Sciences, have shown that learning to play an instrument has positive, causative effects on your brain's efficiency.

8. Computer Science It's not enough to know the difference between Chrome and Safari, or how to download apps. Now, employers want to see that you understand how technology works because of its increased prevalence in the workforce.

9. Co-Op Placement All the theoretical knowledge in the world hardly matters if you don't have real-life experience to back it up. Take a course that offers co-op placements so you can get practical experience in a field, setting you apart from other candidates.

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