Let’s look at a few so-called excuses you may be tempted to use.
1. I’m too tired. I don’t have enough energy to even pay attention.
Being tired is a way of life for a lot of students. You stay up late. I get it. I, too, am a night person and I know all about staying up late into the morning on a regular basis. Even if you were being a good studious student last night and burned the midnight oil studying the notes from class and were keeping up with your reading, you need to get up in the morning and go to class. If you are tired get some caffeine, splash some cold water on your face, or get up and move around, but make sure you are in class and try to make the most of your time while you are there. Force yourself to pay attention by taking active notes. Missing class is not the answer.
2. The professor is going verbatim out of the textbook. I could use my time more wisely by not being in class.
I hate wasting time just like you. But if your professor goes verbatim out of the textbook it is NOT a waste of time to be there. I realize that may not be the most stimulating of class discussions, but there is a bright side. By you reading the textbook and the professor going over it again, you get the information twice! And that means less work for you later. Woo-hoo!!
3. The weather is beautiful. Everyone is going to the lake today and I need to make those wonderful college memories.
Bologna! If you want to go to the lake, go on Saturday. You are paying good money to go to college, so don’t waste it on a fun excursion that is going to put your academic future in jeopardy. I am all about making wonderful college memories. However, there is a time and place for them and skipping class to make them is NOT the time.
4. I don’t feel well.
This one is tricky. I know feeling yucky is yucky, and you can fool yourself into thinking you are sick. However, if you are not running fever or are not experiencing stomach issues, you probably aren’t really sick and you need to go to class. Some of you, however, have a chronic illness that does not manifest itself with fever nor major stomach issues, yet you are truly ill. You have my sympathy. Do the best you can with whatever energy you’ve got and try to be in class whenever you can.
Missing class is a BIG DEAL. Valuable information will be presented and you don’t want to miss it. Do yourself a favor and go to class.