By far, Fridays are my favorite day of the school week. Not only is it the predecessor of the weekend, but the parking lots are reduced to graveyard status, vacant spots ample like tombstones. It seems to be the case that on Fridays, class is never in session. Attendance, as many students have come to understand, is an elective process.
Contrary to what many might think, the point of college is not to simply float. We are encouraged to succeed, to challenge ourselves in ways like never before. Yet instead of developing a profound appreciation for the education process, what many have adopted instead is a deepening sense of apathy.
It’s alarming, it truly is. Rather unfortunately, and I do expect a fury of eye rolling as anyone reads this, most classes do not have concrete attendance policies in place. Instead, students are encouraged to attend class. Professors expect that students honestly care enough about their education that they will drag themselves out of bed each morning, throw on a hoodie and a pair of sweat pants, and make the trek through the snow-covered desert that is our tiny little campus.
Yet often enough, the allure of a comfy bed is too hard to defeat. What starts as one absence begins to grow, becoming a weekly occurrence that not only impacts the reputation you should be establishing with your professors, but also your knowledge of the course.
To be completely honest, going to class is more than half the battle. Now by no means am I saying that every student should have perfect attendance. Let’s be realistic here. The fact of the matter is all of us at one point or another need a breather. It truly is an immense responsibility being a college student and sometimes it is so necessary to just say, “You know what, I’m taking the day off.”
But when your seat is more familiar with a lack of space than your backside, we have a problem.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, most college graduates from a four year institution make 84 percent more than the average high school graduate. But the problem is, less than 66 percent of enrolled college students actually end up graduating.
Again, it would be illogical of me to say that horrible attendance will lead a student to drop out. There are a number of factors that come into play and each case is unique. Sometimes, life happens and we are left with little control as to whether or not we attend our classes.
But for others, it’s simply a matter of commitment. It’s making that willing decision to say that you care enough, that you value yourself enough as a person to sit through a fifty minute class instead of lounging in bed and watching reruns of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix.
You’re worth it. And contrary to what you might think about yourself, you’re smart. You would not believe how much easier your studies will be if you have regular attendance. Simply the act of being present and listening can make a world of a difference.
So as Nike would say, just do it. I promise you’ll survive. Heck, you might even flourish.