Good job, Keshav. You learned the secret early. You’re not supposed to figure all this out until grad school. You got away cheap. And I say that as an educator of forty years. Incidentally, most of those years I was also working developing broadband data products for Time Warner while I taught history. It was a combination that worked well for me. But the point is I know both sides of what you have figured out. There is great value in Liberal Arts and the GE requirements make sense. They really do. But not the way they are done now.
I write about this stuff, too, so I won’t carry on here. The complete social and economic phase shift we are in had eliminated most of the need for the way higher education is done now. As you discovered you don’t need classes but mentoring and collaboration networks. You also need to understand what you don’t know. That’s the hard one. Lower division liberal arts requirements were meant to give you those basics that you would fill in later on your own. But that is always available to everyone now.
You and your peers need to be better served by support educational services that are free and designed to let you go as fast and far as you can. That can be done by getting out of your way. The problem is the other students who have not developed an interest that is strong enough to drive them. They need a different kind of educational support. But most of those, I’m convinced, had their interests crushed by the educational system.
And that’s what I’m working on now.
Good luck to you and I’m always around to help in any way I can.