For most students college is the first time when you feel complete freedom. You are away from home and your parents for the first time. You have the responsibility of making all of your own decisions about life, and school, and everything else. You get to decide what classes to take and when and you even get to decide if you actually want to attend the classes you choose or take the day off. While it is important to remember that you are paying a lot of money for your classes and they are an investment, skipping class occasionally can be a good thing.
In an article from Elite Daily called Go To College, Cut Class: Those Who Skip Class May Get The Better Education includes the Oxford Dictionary definition of “Education”. The word has two definitions:
- The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.
- An enlightening experience
The point of including the definition in their article is to drive home the point that college is not just about the grades but also about the learning that comes with experience and finding out who you are.
There is definitely a wrong and right time to skip class.
Skipping class because you are tired, too lazy, didn’t do your work or just don’t feel like it, is not a good idea. You are throwing your money away by doing so and simply being a bad student. The main reason you are attending and paying for college is to go to class and get a degree.
If you have a job interview, are attending another lecture, or if you are sick, it can be appropriate to skip class. If you have an interview planned you are already taking a step in the right direction. Whether or not you get the job, the interview process is a learning experience and will help prepare you for the future in ways that sitting in a classroom can’t. If you are skipping a class not directed toward your major to sit in on a class that could benefit you more academically, that’s okay, as long as you don’t make a habit of it.
The bottom line about skipping class is that it is completely your own decision, right? No one is there to tell you when it’s okay to skip and when you have to go to class.
This may not be the case anymore. There is a new app called “CLASS120”
Here’s their motto:
“Most students don’t realize how important it is, and neither do their parents. Even some colleges miss the connection. But research is clear—attendance is the most accurate predictor of success in a college class. Watch the video to find out how going to class can make the difference for the students important to you.”
website – http://www.class120.com/
This app could be both a good and bad thing. For those of you skipping class when you shouldn’t be, having your parents on your back might be the saving grace you need to keep your grades up and stay in college. On the other hand, parents might not understand when it’s okay to skip and might not realize that you are gaining education in a different way. Ultimately it is your own responsibility to attend class. If you decide to skip too many times it could cost you and result in dropping the class or dropping out altogether. Think before you skip!
Check out our blog The Do’s And Don’ts Of Skipping Class