A Memo to Students on Required Courses
This is a required course. To many of you it looks (and may well be) unrelated to your major and your interests. If it weren’t required, you wouldn’t take it. Moreover, it may be a course in which you’ll do things you don’t like to do and don’t think you can do well; you will need to [write papers, solve problems, make presentations, work in groups, etc.—insert examples relevant to your course].