Missing class not a big issue
Stuff & Things
Campus Life Editor
As students, we pay a fortune to attend this
fine institution. A damn fortune. So, to me, it only makes
sense that class attendance should be an optional event at
People constantly remind others to shut up while in class
because it costs something around $5 million an hour for class
time. Maybe those busy gossipers — who clearly do not
want to be in class anyways, but are only there to accumulate
participation marks — should just not go to class.
Participation marks are ridiculous. Doing the work required
should be enough to prove you deserve to get the credit. If
I can bullshit my way through an essay or multiple choice exam
without having attended class (or done work for that matter),
that should prove beyond a doubt that I am intelligent, even
if it’s only in the wonderful art of bullshitting. And
if my lack of individual initiative results in my miserable
failure in the land of the dunces, then that’s also my
Now, I have to admit, I’m mostly a nerd when it comes
to my work. I do all the reading and am usually fairly good
at attending class (this year anyways), but I still hate the
fact that people are marked on class intelligence and in some
cases making intelligent points about the week’s latest
theory on post-modernism.
If you have some brilliant statement to make, by all means
I want to hear it. But for those of you who have no idea what
you’re talking about, don’t waste my time.
Yes, it’s true, I am an incredibly opinionated person.
Some may even say I like to talk. But to be perfectly honest,
I hate people who only talk to hear themselves speak and don’t
realize when they’re repeating themselves. Tip: shut
up, no one cares (if you want to call me a hypocrite, I don’t
want to hear that either).
Back to my point. Most classes are incredibly rewarding to
attend. However, there are a minute few that each student will
likely encounter over the course of their university careers
that really aren’t worth the two to three hours a week.
The time allotted for the class would be better spent doing
research or writing essays on the topics of the day.
Why force people to go to class? Then all you get is a bunch
of people that don’t really care about what’s going
on. Read: painful.
If I’m forking out thousands of dollars for classes,
I think I should be allowed to decide whether or not it’s
worth my time to go to said classes. If I want to piss away
my hard-earned money, that’s my problem. Those students
who choose to do their work will be rewarded accordingly, usually
receiving much better final course grades.
Clearly, that’s why I choose to go to class and read
the mounds of English novels and history texts thrown my way
each week. That decision was mine — and shouldn’t
be one I am forced to make.