By Kaitlyn Fowler
Elm Staff Writer
I’ve missed a couple classes and now I’m nervous about going back to class. What if I missed too much? What if the professor is mad at me?
I understand this fear completely. Yes in the moment skipping a class never seems like it’s going to be that bad. What will they really learn without me today? I bet they won’t even notice I’m gone. Those are common thoughts that have run through my head pre-skip. The hard part is going the next time.
In my personal experience, skipping class, whether you are sick, have too much work, or just can’t deal with one more thing that day, is a lot like crazy things like cliff diving-it’s; easier after you’ve done it once before. True, there’s a lot less danger with skipping class than there is cliff diving but it’s the same principle. Once you have done something once there really isn’t much left to stop you from doing it another time.
A lot of times this is a good thing, but not so much when it comes to skipping class. For example, last semester I didn’t miss a single class before fall break, but in the two weeks after it, I used up all three of my excused absences (in my defense, the class met more than three times a week). Suddenly the idea of skipping a class wasn’t so terrifying. I wasn’t going to automatically fail and chances are, neither are you.
I do think its right to be nervous about skipping though. It isn’t a good thing or a good habit to get into. We are here to learn, not party, hang out, or sleep in, no matter how much we may want to. Besides, you never know what will happen in class that day. True, your syllabus may say one thing, but that could be the day your professor decides to give a pop quiz or teach that one thing that could be a huge part of your final. You never know what you are going to miss. Chances are you will regret skipping in the long run. If you think about it though do you really think you will regret not skipping?
If you are worried about your professor being mad at you missing more class is not the answer. That is the danger of small schools. When we are absent someone is going to notice. The more you miss, the more they will notice. Our professors are not evil people who want us to fail. They are people who are passionate about the same things we are. Talk to them and chances are they will be more than happy to help you, whether it’s something personal or it has to do with all that material you missed out on.
Just think about it like this: you are paying to attend this college and learn what these professors are trying to teach you. I don’t know exactly how much it is per person for each day and class, but each time you miss you let that money wander down the drain with no reward for you. If you’re going to spend the money on an education then go out and take it. Learn all you can.