For many college students, missing class is as much a part of their academic life, as well...actually going to class. Very few students go through university and attend every single one of their lectures, and in this part of the world, our relaxed demeanour (and incessant need to party all the time) probably owes to us Irish skipping that Monday 9am lecture a bit more than elsewhere in the world. But unless you're a full time bum, not just a part time one, you will always have the intention of going to class. However, when the time comes to kick off the covers and go to class, the range of excuses the average student will use to avoid furthering their education is astounding. Here at CollegeTimes, we have decided to take a look at some of these excuses, and the flaws behind them.
'I'm too hungover. I wont learn anything in this state so there's no point going'
The thought of sitting in class nursing your hangover, and trying to learn on top of that, is pretty depressing. Many of us see no point in sitting there vacuously staring at the lecturer waiting for the class to be over, and choose to give it a miss. This is a pretty feeble excuse, seeing as we usually have the same attitude when we go to class even with no alcohol in our system.
'I'm too sick'
The criteria for 'sick' in your school days and college days are two very different things. In your earlier years, missing school meant contracting some deadly virus like Bird Flu, and mammy or daddy was only allowing you off for the benefit of the other kids. Nowadays, as you diagnose yourself, you take more of a cautious approach to your health, and a runny nose or a tickly cough are enough to let you decide it's OK to e-mail your lecturer, telling them you have food poisoning for the third time in a month.
'Your friends aren't in class'
You've done the hard bit; you're up out of bed (you should be, it's like 1pm), you're ready to go to class, and then your friends ask if you want to do something. This could entail many non academic activities such as playing five aside, a cute shopping day, the cheekiest of Nando's, or if your friends are lazy bastards like you, your planned 'activity' day will involve doing absolutely nothing. The only reason you're missing class is because of your fear of missing out. There may never be a day of hanging around the house ever again (there will), but there will always be plenty of tutorials on what is going to come up in your final exam. (There won't)
'Sure all the notes are online'
This one is technically true; most of the lecture slides will be online so there's some logic to be found here. This reasoning does tend to overlook the fact that you're actually paying to go to a university with professional tutors, who will explain in greater detail the content of the notes, and not some bullshit online course equivalent of a Wikipedia page. And let's face it pal, you're probably not going to take down the notes until exam time either.
'I didn't do the reading, and I don't want to get embarrassed in front of everyone.'
This is usually the case with regards to tutorials in humanities subjects, where chapters or passages have to be read for class. You saw the last guy who hadn't adequately analysed Hemingway's style of prose get roasted by your tutor, and you don't want that to be you. So you decide to stay at home, and take the deduction in attendance marks; they don't matter that much right? The issue arises when this attitude carries over to intentionally not doing the reading, so you can use this excuse to tell yourself it's fine to stay at home, and the vicious cycle continues.
'Too rainy or too cold.'
You awake from your slumber in the morning, you poke one leg out of the covers and there it is...an icy chill strikes you, you put your leg back under the covers, and all is good with the world again. What follows is a few minutes of back and forth in your head, weighing up the pros and cons of going to class, all in the warm cocoon of your duvet. After looking outside, seeing the pouring rain, and reading some very scary articles on the dangers of hypothermia, you decide that you aren't gonna venture outside of your bed until class is over. After all, you did have a cold like three weeks ago, best not to risk it...even though you consistently risk it standing in queues for 20 minutes for a nightclub, in far worse conditions, with much less clothing on, hypocrite!
'I did loads of work yesterday or last week, I deserve a day off.'
Missing the odd class can be a beneficial reward system for students. Skipping the odd lecture if you're on top of your work is OK. But what constitutes sufficient study time is a very subjective term. Organising your folder into coloured sections probably doesn't meet this criteria, or buying a shirt and tie for your group presentation when you haven't even started the work for it. Leave the days off for your holidays, otherwise you'll be doing 'loads of work' flipping burgers in your local chippy.
'Binging on Movies, TV shows or games consoles'
This is one of the most difficult routines to break when it comes to skipping class. Back in the day, shit daytime TV could actually force you to go to even the most boring of lectures. Now, with so much choice of what to watch or play, it's difficult to prioritise class ahead of all this. You tell yourself you'll finish Season 1, and then make your 3pm lecture; next thing you know you've stayed up the whole weekend and you're waiting on HBO to release season 6 of Game of Thrones, just so you can get your fix. You get my drift, don't open Pandora's box, because there's probably an attendance meeting in it.
Another completely invalid excuse thrown out by many students who want their lectures to have as much entertainment as their favourite TV show. When their class on the movement of tectonic plates doesn't contain any raunchy sex scenes or murders, then it's deemed as boring. Although your lectures may take place in a theatre of sorts, you're not paying for a Broadway show. You're paying to learn about all this boring stuff so that you don't have to learn about even more boring stuff, like how to stack shelves for the rest of your life. Just pick the lesser of two evils on this one.
'I couldn't be arsed'
This one is thrown out when there are no other excuses left to use; a staple of students all across the land who think no one is going to make them go, so they're just not going. This decision is often made on a whim, with the attitude of 'I'll deal with the consequences when they come around' and hey, at least you're being honest.
With all this being said, most of us have enough cop on to realise that we have to stick the head in the books come exam time. I mean, if we spent all of our time in class, then we'd be no craic at all. The reality is that most of us do just fine with the relaxed approach, as long as we don't use these reasons all the time...and anyway, we may as well take days off in our academic lives, because when we go into the big bad world of work, telling your boss that you won't get that report done because you're 'absolutely hanging' will probably result in your early dismissal.