As the novelty of a fresh academic year wears off, the number of physical bodies in desks is dwindling, being left empty by students not attending.
Every day, more and more students are absent from their classes, and few, if any of them, realize the ultimate consequences. The problem is, this dislike leads to deliberate absenteeism, and continually skipping classes solves absolutely nothing.
Missing a class because you are sick or have an emergency situation to deal with is completely understandable. To skip a class because you just “don’t like it” or would rather sleep an extra hour is not.
According to Minnesota State University Mankato, attending class is extremely important because students who frequently skip class tend to have lower grades and a poorer academic performance than those who attend on a regular basis. It takes time and effort to catch up after a missed class. While absent, you miss important information about assignments, as well as the material.
If you are regularly present in class, then the time you are spending tuned into lectures and grasping new concepts is less time you spend studying later. Class discussions cover more information than what you will be able to decipher from the textbook. You also have more opportunities to ask questions about concepts you don’t understand if you are present.
Most professors also have their own attendance policies, stating the maximum amount of times you can miss class over the semester to still pass the course. If you are absent too often, you will fail.
So if you can afford to skip, fail, and retake a class, then go for it. You are paying for the credit hours so skipping on a daily basis, with no legitimate reason, is just a waste of your money. Most of us aren’t financially stable enough to blow hundreds of dollars in a semester only to suffer through the same course we were trying to avoid in the first place.
Find the strength of mind to be present every day, both physically and mentally, even if you don’t enjoy it because at graduation, it will pay off.