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Top 10 reasons for taking Geography at school

Updated on September 21, 2016

The 10 Wonders of Modern Geography

Michael Palin once said "Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future", and he is completely correct! Every single part of our lives involves Geography, from the clothes you wear, to the water you drink, to the towns, cities and countries we live in, to the web page you are reading right now. All involve Geography, and therefore, will affect the future

But Geography is not just about acknowledging your surroundings, its also about understanding, and knowing much more about the place you live, the people you meet and the places you go.

Me taking Geography has allowed me to find out about the clothes I wear, the water I drink, the city I live in and the web page I'm writing - OK, I admit, I didn't learn about this page, but I've learnt more about the internet and communication through Geography.

So if you are one of those people who wish to know why the world is the way it is, hop on board and learn - it'll be the best trip of your life!

You know your world!
You know your world!

#1 You already know it all!

Geography is simple. If you apply it as much as possible to yourself, then you already know most of it. Regardless of where you live, you will always be able to relate it to yourself. You and your life is already a part of geography! So what's so hard about learning about your own life?

Field Trips!
Field Trips!

#2 Field trips!

To be a proper Geographer, you must go out of the comfort of the workplace, and do some field work. Now that doesn't necessary mean in a field; it can mean to a city, or the seaside... or maybe to a different country - I recently went to Morocco with my Geography Department, and that was real fun!

Places: beach
Places: beach

#3 Places

You will learn much more about your own town, but also the world! You could learn about earthquakes in Asia, or the 'ring of fire' in the Pacific, or why your local town/city is built the way it was build! But you won't have to memorise all the countries in the world! Just the important ones.

Current events
Current events

#4 Current events

Do you truly know what's happening in the world? You probably know what your friends are doing, and all the gossip that goes with them, but have you heard about the world? Geography will help with that. As you can expect, you'll need to know a little about the world, and if you know a little about the world, you're already a very very interesting person! Great websites to check are usually national or international news websites, the best by far would be the BBC - Fox, CNN and NBC (for all you Americans!) are good sources, but usually biased, whereas the BBC has no political agenda as it is paid for by the people of the UK - so go check it out and learn a little - if you are already checking out news websites, well done!

The instructions of why the world is what it is!
The instructions of why the world is what it is!

#5 Why is the world what it looks like today?

Now for this one, I mean physically - so no humans. Hills, mountains, seas, reefs, salt marshes, jungles, forests. All are interesting topics and are explained using Geography. Whether it is due to the climate, or tectonics, or both, or none, Geography can explain everything under your feet and wooshing above you in the sky!

Transferable skills
Transferable skills

#6 Transferable skills

Geography can give you many skills, which are used in other subjects:

Writing - Preparing and writing essays and coursework encourages clarity and precision in language

Analytical skills - questioning the world and using geographical investigations to test hypotheses by data analysis, all helps with problem solving and investigative skills

Team work - an essential part of geography is the field work, which develops teamwork and leadership skills

Cultures
Cultures

#7 Cultures

Have you been to a different country before? Is their life style different? Yes? That's a culture! And the reason why its different depends on where you come from. Let's take the USA, why has a the American culture come about? From migration! America has the largest number of migrants in the world, as the whole country is founded on migrants coming to the colonies. Now let's take Morocco. Why is their culture different? Well it's due to the climate, the religion and the fact it's by the sea - Geography!

Food
Food

#8 Foods

I'm sure you may have had Chinese food, maybe Indian food, or Mexican... but you all must have had pizza... or even pasta! All these foods are from somewhere... China, India, Mexico, Italy.

Now why do they all have different styles of cooking? North china will mostly eat noodles and wheat based foods, whereas south China eats rice and rice/ sea based foods. Why? Climate and terrain.

And have you been to these countries? Ask for your favourite Chinese dish, or favourite pizza, I guarantee that they will not have it? Why? Its called Cultural dominance, where foods and cultures are changed to fit the dominant culture in the area. That's another reason you'll learn in geography!

Future
Future

#9 The Future

A great course to take at university! And even with just studying it at collage, employers know that you know about the world, can solve problems, write essays and reports, and analyse. So with Geography, you're always in safe hands!

Fun!
Fun!

#10 Fun!

Geographers love to have fun! Whether they're using their colouring pencils (all geographers must have colouring pencils - I'm joking, this is a stereotype of geographers), out on field trips, or exploring maps, there is never a dull day with the vast amount of information a geographer will have!

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Have your say? - What's your opinion of Geography?

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      ShoppingQueen47 5 years ago

      I have a Bachelor of Science in Geography and it's amazing how many people don't know where common countries are located and their capitol cities. I think all kids should take Geography in high school and a World Geography class should be required in college.

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @imjens: It does sound a tad weird, but I know all those subjects work so well together that it actually makes sense... in a weird way! But well done, keep up the good work!

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @MarcStorm LM: Haha! I saw many people complaining about NBC's coverage, but then thought: what else would you expect? But thank you!

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      imjens 5 years ago

      I just have a subject where geography, history and society is all mixed together. A bit weird, I think, but I actually got what's is similar to A this year!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I agree with you, you have given 10 very good reasons to take geography at school. Good photos, but a tip from a Rocketsquid Greeter, please give Photo Credit for each photo. Nice lens, thanks for sharing.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      An interesting top 10! There are so many places to see & learn about on this floating rock called Earth. This is a learning and travel encouragement article & I'm sure you got some people thinking. Also, I like that you added the part about biased news channels. I'm so sick of the biased news channels here in the states and even NBC's Olympic ridiculousness. Thanks for this article! Best Wishes!

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: I agree! I know people who believe France is in Asia and Canada is a state in the USA...!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think you need at least a basic knowledge if you don't want to sound like a fool as an adult:)

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @Echo Phoenix: Wow! I never knew such a job existed! Thank you

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      It is really nice to learn Geography of certain country but I hate it when I have to memorize all the data and facts for the exam.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      field trips are always my fav:) it is why I became a RoomParent! now I just take them, field trips to exotic places wherever and whenever the budget allows...

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: Haha, maybe not... but it can tell you how the jacket was made, and maybe tell you how the ideas of brown corduroy jackets came about. I agree entirely! However, I get the feeling i will need to refresh my mind on structural linguistics!

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      daranth 5 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: I never used to like Geography, but now its become my passion, as it's helped me understand the world much better!

      And thank you for the suggestion - I will update the lens asap; my reasoning behind not having photos for everything is that for some, its difficult to find photos, but I'll try!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Does geography explain why I have a brown corduroy jacket? You make a great case for geography. Personally I've always found it fascinating. It's the only science that brings everything together. Except that is for structural linguistics.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Love the topic. It wasn't my favorite in school, but I've learned to appreciate it very much. RocketSquid tip....give attribution to your photos. Consider adding photos to the five modules that don't include them. Your readers will enjoy it! Great job with this lens.