As a kid, whenever I came home from school, I would be asked questions like: What did you do? What did you learn in school?” And I would typically respond with an unenergetic “nothing,” or “whatever.”
Sometimes, I really did learn nothing of scholastic value because all day I just daydreamt about hanging out with Tony Hawk for a day or playing Pokemon on the infamous Nintendo 64. As I found my way into the locker lined hallways of high school, I suppose I paid attention most of the time, but I still had a “they’re forcing me to go to school” mentality. Now, at a highly regarded university, I think my mentality towards school has changed a bit, but I’m not sure if everybody understands just what they’re in for.
Almost every single class day, I see somebody doing something like browsing Facebook and going through a friend’s album of fifty inane headshot pictures which all look the same. We all text message (even most professors do), but I see many people text message during class sessions when something important is going on. Several times, I’ve heard undergraduate students who attend USF brag about how they’re too lazy to go to class or how they just don’t feel like going.
Sometimes I wonder if modern day college students really understand the reason for their attendance. We’re not required by law to attend college; we freely choose to attend. Tuition at USF for the 2010-2011 school year was $36,000 without room and board. This means that after four years of study, many of us will have paid over $120,000. Why, in one’s right mind, would anyone browse Facebook all day long considering they’re doing it to the tune of $120,000? It is simply a waste of time and money if you pay for class and don’t show up or pay attention out of laziness.
Nobody forced me to go to college. I could have easily gone on to work a mundane 9-5 job. Instead, I chose to attend a four year university to obtain a degree so I could a work an interesting and satisfying job with a comfortable salary. I’m no 4.0 valedictorian, I’m sometimes late for class, I definitely space out and daydream during class at times, and there are many days when I don’t feel like going to class for whatever reason, but I have missed only half a handful of classes during my time at USF and you won’t find me texting away during class.
Presumably, one attends USF to prepare for a career in the real world. By not going to class and wasting your class sessions, you’re just hurting your future. If boredom is such and issue, I would advise a change of classes or just simply do something other than attend college. If you don’t care about yourself enough to go to a class you paid for, how are you supposed to care about your job and offer a service to others in the real world?
Thomas Munka is a sophomore undeclared major.
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