Starting your freshman year, these thoughts may run through your head: ‘I cannot wait for college. Classes might be difficult right? But it’s all up to me whether I get out of bed and go or not. No call home to mom and dad. No principal walking up and down the halls in search of me. I even heard most professors don’t take attendance, especially in the gen-eds. This is actually going to be sweet. As long as I do the homework and study on my own time, these classes will be a breeze.’
3 weeks into freshmen fall semester, it is easy to think, ‘I’m skipping today. All my professor does is read off the slides. I can do that on my own while lying in bed.’
Public Service Announcement! New students, it is very important to attend classes! It is important even when your friends are skipping their classes to lie on the lawn of the quad and listen to music, or stay in bed and continue their Netflix binge.
Some students will have no problem getting up and going to class. They’ve been independent throughout high school, and the alarms on their phones will more than suffice.
For other students, mom or dad may have needed to pry them out of bed each morning in time to get out the door and on their way to school. Their version of an alarm clock was multiple screams into their rooms, a shake on the foot, or physically being pulled out of the comfort of bed.
For both types of these students, whichever you are, freshmen year of college is new territory, and an unfamiliar experience.
It will become tempting to turn off your alarm and pretend classes don’t exist. That is undeniable, but class is where the professor is, and the professors are employed to teach the material.
In many cases if a student isn’t doing well on tests and assignments, attendance makes a major difference and can really help when a professor is evaluating grades.
“I have found that when a professor knows my name, I do better. I think it’s because I feel more invested in my grade when I know my professor is invested in my success,” said West Chester student Grace Donovan.
When you attend class, the professor will learn your name. This is a good thing! It can be intimidating as a freshman, but it won’t take long to realize your place in class – to be an engaged and eager student.[pullquote align=”right”]Skipping one class can evolve into a more serious habit of not going at all. [/pullquote]
Skipping one class can evolve into a more serious habit of not going at all. It’s a dangerous path that many students go down, and their grades may be affected as a result.
The average student skips 13 classes per semester, 26 classes per year and 104 classes over the course of their college career, according to a survey conducted by Student Scholarship Search. That equals out to over $2,400 wasted of public university tuition, they reported.
The 2014-2015 undergraduate in-state tuition break-down of West Chester University looks like this: A full time student’s tuition, which typically includes taking 15-18 credits per semester, costs $4,571.90. That means that a typical 3 credit course costs $1,143.72.
There are 16 weeks in the spring semester, so in a Tuesday/Thursday 1 hour and 15 minute class, excluding finals week, there are 30 class meetings to attend.
This means that a student pays $38.12 for each class meeting.
As any college student will agree, $38 is big bucks. If not for any other reason, attend class solely for the fact that you are paying for a seat in the classroom.
“Because what else are you doing with your time? You’re here to learn. That’s what you’re here for,” fourth year student Jess McTaggart said.
Go to class for yourself. Not for your parents, or for fear of your professors. Attend each class meeting with the intention to gain knowledge and better yourself. West Chester is a wonderful place, and your professors will aid you in reaching your fullest potential. Be sure to show them you care by being present, physically and mentally.
Megan Monachino is a fourth-year student majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at MM783809@wcupa.edu.