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Late For Your College Class…..Again?

I’d like to welcome an anonymous contributor on a topic that drives me nuts too – The Late Student 

 

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Lateness is a quality that many people possess. I look at it as a burden.  It baffles my mind that people can run through life on their own clock, with total disregard of obligations and responsibilities to others.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in my college classes. This semester especially, I have noticed just how many students are not bothered by their own repeated lateness.  I’m amazed to see students routinely walk in 25 minutes after the class has started, almost never apologetic, and then act as if someone is forcing them to be in a class they paid for. It’s like buying a sandwich, eating a third and then throwing the rest out. I thought the goal of college was to graduate. I don’t see how repeated lateness can improve your grades?

One teacher in particular has created a lateness policy, which at first I was taken aback by, but now I completely understand and respect it.  The class starts promptly on time, after which the door is closed. After 15 minutes, the teacher opens the door and allows the late students to come in, and then repeats this process again 15 minutes later.  In the beginning of the semester I expected maybe a couple of students to be those dreaded ones who are staring through the window of the closed door with desperation and frustration.  But I was sadly mistaken, as there are often over five people each time that door is opened.

The purpose for this policy is so that these late students will not enter the classroom late, one by one, and disrupt the students who had the common sense to arrive on time.  By entering as a group, we only have to suffer through two disruptions as opposed to 10.  It’s comical to me because this policy was explained in detail on the first day of class, and still the same people seem to arrive on their own clock.

I have simply come to believe that if you are going to repeatedly be late to class, then don’t expect the teacher to have any sympathy for you, and please don’t expect that A.

Earbud Oblivion

An editor was recently reading my college blog and offered the following comment.

 

“I don’t like your mean posts.  You’re not a mean person, but your sarcasm is biting, and I think some of your posts might turn off readers.”

 

Since my goal is to keep readers and not lose them, I’ve made a conscious effort to keep it light. For this post, I asked students to pitch me a topic in hopes their perspective would keep my sarcasm in check. Unfortunately, this particular student-generated topic seems to have brought out the worst in me.  Sorry, but here goes!

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Nothing says, I don’t want to be here, more than wearing earbuds to class. I can hear the music thumping as you walk by, and although I assume you’ll power down, I’m not entirely convinced. Maybe it’s because you’re not laughing with the rest of the class or moaning when I announce a test. You’re just kind of sitting there, in your own world, wires dangling from your ears. I’ll ask you to remove your earbuds a few times, but then I start to look like that teacher.

 

At first I thought the earbud thing was just me. Turns out, your fellow students also have an issue with earbuds in class. In fact, they asked me to write this post to let you know it bugs them too. Forget the anti-social message it sends. The real issue is your music, which can be heard within a two-desk radius of your seat. According to your classmates, even songs they like can sound annoying when filtered through a classmate’s headphones.

 

To test this complaint, I had my son pop in earbuds while I stood within listening range. We chose a favorite song of mine, ‘So Lonely’ by The Police. The frustration of hearing squeaky snippets of Stings’ already high-pitched voice was nearly as torturous as hearing parts of a song I disliked. For that test, I chose “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen.

 

I nearly lost it.

 

In summary, be kind to your fellow students and take the needle off the record before entering class.