By Graham "GSM" Matthews
This weekly blog will document my firsthand experiences as a student at Endicott College. Additionally, I will attempt to offer advice to fellow college students or those looking to attend college down the line.
This is one of those things that can directly applied to any grade level (hell, even life in general) and not just in college, but it does become more prominent once you become a college level. Or at least from what I have noticed in the three months I have been at Endicott. I apologize for sounding like a broken record, but it is never any less true: Once you're in college, there isn't as much supervision. Your parents aren't there to look after you anymore. Basically, you're on you're own. Thus, it is up to you to make sure that you do everything you need to do and most importantly, ensuring that you arrive to your classes on time.
Normally in grade school, you would take the bus into school or would have your parents drive you in. In college, you walk to your classes, or drive there yourself depending on whether you have a car on campus or not. You probably had a routine going in high school, but that is completely changed when you get to college. If you didn't get enough sleep the night before (and I went into more detail about this in a previous post), you will more than likely be extremely exhausted the next morning and won't want to get up to go to class. So, there is the chance that you will either oversleep or decide not to go to class that day, if for no other reason that your parents aren't there to make you go.
Once in a while, it is fine to skip class if you are too tired or aren't feeling well. However, once you do it once, chances are that you will do it again... and again and again, because you don't think anything bad will come of it. Your professor make not even talk to you about your constant absences. In college, they aren't even required to care. If you miss enough classes, odds are you will be withdrawn from the course and there is nothing you will be able to do about. Needless to say, don't let that happen. Don't be that guy. The solution is simple: get to class on time and you won't have anything to worry about.
Being late to class on a consistent basis will make you look bad to your classmates and especially the professor. You look bad before the class even starts! That's never a good thing. Simply put, you have to will yourself to get up and not sleep in. Sure, the easiest thing to do is just press the snooze button on your alarm over and over again and just stay in bed for the rest of the do, but sometimes the right thing to do isn't always the easiest. The more class time you miss, the more you will be falling behind. It will be harder to do better on tests because you weren't in class to learn the material, and the only person you will have to blame is yourself.
In addition to arriving to class on time, be sure to come prepared. Forgetting your books and notebooks will force you to either look on with someone else or sit there in silence, which is pretty embarrassing. I understand you might be a bit discombobulated in the morning after just waking up (especially if it is an early class), but you can easily get prepared the night before by making sure everything is in check in your backpack (or whatever you use to carry your stuff) to avoid forgetting anything essential. Being prompt and prepared when coming to class in college, or just in school in general, are the keys to success and are crucial is getting good grades. Think about it this way: will you ever regret being on time to a class, or coming with everything you need? I didn't think so.
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