This is called Higher Ed Hell because of how much can go wrong, make you miserable and give you experiences of feeling powerless. The four key features of this first level of the game involve what you are tracking on your mental dashboard. The location and schedule of where you have to show up may be:
- Extremely inconvenient: giving you a long commute, travel expenses, and difficulty with parking and finding a seat once you get there
- Frustratingly inaccessible: offering only a short window when you're not available, requiring facilities that are closed at night, setting up appointments when you're somewhere else
- Profoundly restrictive: dictating what is a late arrival, inexcusable delay, insufficient attendance or incorrect location for your learning by compliance
- Excessively scattered: forcing you to scramble between distant buildings on campus, between a main and satellite campus or between physical classrooms and synchronous chats online
All this will have the following effects which make this level of play worthy of the title: Higher Ed Hell
- The stress of all this torment can induce many of the twelve negative effects on your brain function.
- The pressures can seriously impair your ability to be helpful to others.
- You will find you are incapable of getting creative in any but the primal sense
- The value you get from this so-called education will be minimal at best and completely useless more often
- Your self motivation will vanish leaving you dependent on imposed penalties to motivate you to show up
- Persistent problems with your attention, retention and commitment will get worse as you discover ways to escape the pain, indulge your urges and sabotage your education
- You will get mislabeled, stereotyped as incompetent and presumed to be incapable of success in higher ed
Getting out of this level involves several challenges I'll explore in a forthcoming post to this blog.