This is a guest post by content publisher Leon Harris.
You might be excited about your newfound freedom in college, but you should not take advantage of it, because it comes with a price: your future. It might be easy to make the decision to stay in bed and play hooky, but skipping class can have a number of unforeseen circumstances – more than just missing a few points for attendance. While it is certainly true that college is not high school and you probably aren’t living under your parent’s roof or rules anymore, but it is still incredibly important to maintain a certain amount of responsibility for yourself. Here are 5 major reasons why you shouldn’t skip class in college.
- Skipping class is essentially like throwing out money. College is expensive and somebody is paying your tuition, even if that person might be you. If you think about it, would you go to a restaurant, order the most expensive thing on the menu and then throw it out? If you break it down, according to your annual or quarterly tuition, each class costs an average of $50 to $150. When you are left paying off your college loans you will be faced with the reality of how much all your missed classes has added up.
- The more you go to class, the less time you have to dedicate to studying. It seems that in college all you do is study, but if you regularly go to class, and pay attention, you can effectively cut down your study time by half. If you don’t go to class you are left catching up on all the material you missed, on your own time. Therefore, you aren’t really missing class, but putting off a potentially lengthy study session that you have to now fit within your own schedule.
- You could get a lower grade in the course. Some professors have more stringent attendance policies than others. To not run the risk of getting multiple points taken off your final grade, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and go to class. Attendance is important to professors not just because you signed up for the course, but because classroom participation is a vital part of the learning process. Within that hour that class is in session you could be missing a lot. In addition, some professors might find inexcusable absences disrespectful.
- Also, whether you are getting your degree in pharmacy or journalism, skipping class can turn into a habit and can put you farther and farther away from graduating and obtaining your degree. Research shows that skipping one class can become habitual and could lead to more and more absences, which could turn into a serious problem.
- Lastly, who knows what you’ll miss out on if you skip class. You could meet a new friend or a study partner. Building close relationships can be an integral part of surviving in college. If you don’t set your alarm or feel too lazy to get out of bed, you could risk limiting your social opportunities. So make sure to find out a way up to wake up, even if your alarm clock isn’t working, so that you can make it to class on time.
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