Did you ever wake up and just not want to go to class? Let me rephrase the question. Did you ever wake up and want to go to class? A jump out of bed type of morning that sends you jogging to the cafeteria for breakfast while high fiving the comatose cafeteria lady who reads your meal card?
The reality is that most students don’t act on their laziness for anymore than a day. The problem occurs when the impulse to stay in bed lasts a week or worse, two. At some point you may actually forget you were enrolled in college until the phone rings. It’s your mom. You lie about your current state of depravity but the guilt seeps in. A pair of rumpled sweats crammed in the bed sheets seems clean enough. You dress and head to class. Your two-week vacation is officially over.
Here’s the mystery. Does your teacher realize you’ve been missing? If it’s not a 200-person lecture course then the answer is absolutely yes. Let’s be real. If you don’t have a valid excuse (and you don’t), you probably haven’t emailed the teacher with an explanation. Instead, you may attempt to make the teacher think you’ve been in class. How? By making your presence in class known. As in – if I answer every question, it will appear as I’ve been here the whole time.
Unfortunately, your ‘let me get noticed’ strategy is doing just the opposite. It’s high-lighting your mini vacation. In fact, your teacher’s air bubble goes something like this. “Mystery solved! You’re the one who has been out for two weeks.”
Your best bet is to sit quietly in class without drawing undue attention to your absence. At the end of class, don’t slink out the door. Approach your teacher and tell them you’re getting notes from a classmate. Don’t ask if you’ve missed a lot. Of course you have, but you’re well rested – so get working.
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