What You Need to Know About Skipping Class
In high school, missing school was extremely rare for me.
My mom was the kind of parent who really only saw “skipping” acceptable when a fever or a stomach bug was in the picture. She was conscious of family events or even doctor appointments that took place at any time between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Although I steamed enviously over the fact that some of my friends could skip school by simply telling their parents they were tired and that they needed a day off, I have a deep appreciation for my mom because I know she wanted me to succeed.
But now in college, I’m honestly surprised when I meet a student who doesn’t skip class just for the heck of it (I’ve only ever met one). Once you get to college, because you are “on your own,” it can be tricky to not skip a lot of class.
I’m not going to point my finger at people who skip, because I’m definitely guilty of skipping myself. Sometimes, life is overwhelming, you feel exhausted and you need to take time to relax. But we also need to remember that, even though mental health days may be needed, you will not get credit for that.
Benefits of Attendance
One of my favorite teachers in high school was giving us college advice and she said something that I’ll definitely never forget: “By simply showing up to every single class, you’re a lot less likely to fail it.”
She went so far as to say it will make an entire letter grade difference. I mean, how likely are you to fail a class you always attend? Plus, most professors pay close attention to absences. If you decide to approach a professor to ask about opportunities to bump up your grade, the first thing they’ll check is how many times you’ve missed their class.
Some professors will give you “excused” absences but use them wisely. Don’t use them all within the first couple weeks of classes. Unexpected things will happen and you never know when you’ll need those excused days for something like the flu, a doctor’s appointment or some other kind of emergency.
Never, ever intentionally skip on test review days or when a professor is explaining a project, paper, assignment, etc. If it’s information that you know you’ll need, you will want to be there to get it firsthand.
Set goals. Be smart about how many absences you have. There might be classes you know you can’t skip unless it’s an emergency (like those classes where you have a quiz every day — yes, those exist). Set a realistic limit for how many classes you allow yourself to skip and how often.
The important thing to remember when it comes down to deciding to skip a class is you first want to be sure you’re setting yourself up for success as a student. Even though sometimes it can be hard making the effort to go to every class, it’ll make your college experience worth it in the long run.
How do you keep yourself motivated when it comes to attending class? Feel free to share!