I dislike memorization too. I need it for Psych and my stack of cue cards for the final is just enormous. None of it matters either which is the annoying part, and will all be forgotten. Practical things like math TEACH you how to apply problems and such. I remember my own mom telling me not to take history in high school bc it's "all remembering dates and names".. Yes, while high school history was remembering- university history is applying theory, methods and arguments against what has already been said using new research and new questions and new ways of looking at it (ex: "Hitler hated the Jews because a Jewish professor denied him access to an Austrian art school")
Just got a call from a dollar store to give a reference for one of the girls I used to work with. Makes me feel warm and gushy if she gets the job. I got her a job at Tim Hortons before too from my kind remarks. I only give honest references too.