A Growing Trend in College

A Growing Trend in College

A Growing Trend in College

Today, in one of my classes, the professor mentioned that a growing trend among students has been that they simply "check out" during the semester. In other words, they come to the first day of class, then skip every class with exception of classes where exams are given.

Exactly why students are doing this, he didn’t know. What he, as a Psychologist and a professor did indicate, however, is that the faculty in general at Shippensburg University have noticed the trend. Needless to say, those skipping classes in that amount rarely pass and I would venture to guess that they aren’t getting the education that either they or their parents are paying for.

I can’t imagine this behavior only manifesting itself this way in college. It’s possible that this sort of thing is happening – albeit less obviously – in high school, or perhaps even earlier. Why? I don’t know. What worries me is that our next generation’s education may be faltering because of a distinct and intentional lack of effort.

One cannot stress enough that it is through hard work and study that one succeeds in life. Additionally, the benefits of truly succeeding in life need to be made apparent, whatever one perceives true success as being – whether it is through academic achievement, financial increase, or simply comfortably supporting a family.

I think that this phenomena does occur in high school, but you don’t see it in the attendance ways that you do in college.

What I am referring to is often labeled as ‘senioritis’ or ‘senior slide’ and is almost expected from those sailing towards the end of their journey in high school. That being said, you see this in other grades as well.

As human beings we seem to have a short attention spans for things that are ‘normal’ or predictable. This is why ‘good television’ shows often have twists and turns in their plots to keep viewers interested. I feel that once the luster of a new class wears off students often gravitate their time, talents, and efforts to the next new thing that grabs their attention (new love, extra curricular activities, job, etc).

I agree, it is a shame that this is such a common happening (I went to college in Wisconsin and it happened there as well) as anyone who has attended the classes where attendance is low can tell you that you do miss a lot that you can’t find in a book or your friend’s notes. However, one thing that I do not want to see is professors making this their problem.

The drive to attend these classes- and especially the ones of the ‘boring professors’- is the same drive that needs to be learned so that employees show up for work when they are scheduled. There is an important lesson that is to be learned by all in the education system about life- apart from the philosophies, vocabulary, and modes of expressing yourself- how to be responsible for you, and it starts with showing up to class- on time. Oh, and yes, that lesson can be expensive- especially for those that aren’t quick learners. 🙂

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