Attendance up to you but beneficial to learn


Jackie Salzano

In high school, it was mandatory to go to class. Not only did your parents implement you to go, but your school teachers and faculty were always on top of where you were at any given moment.

College is a whole new ball game. You have to make sure you’re not only up in time for class, but you need to give yourself time for getting dressed, packing your bag, catching the bus or if you’re like me and live in Muse, catching the elevator.

If you don’t want to go to class, no one is going to make you. The only thing that stands between you and class is your grade; whether it is because of an enforced attendance policy or if you’re like me and need to be there to take notes and absorb the information from the teacher.

However, I do have one professor, because of her department guidelines, makes it mandatory to come to class. You have three excused absences but after that, your letter grade will suffer.

I completely understand where she is coming from. She takes a lot of time to prepare her slides and presentations for us students. We as students need to go to class because that is why we are in college, for an education.

My only problem with this is the students who really don’t want to go to class. They can be disruptive because maybe they are the kind of student who can just read the information once and get an A or maybe they just do not care about the class and have more important things to do. Either way, they ruin it for the rest of the students who actually need to be there for their education.

I think it should be totally up to the student whether or not they want to attend class. We students are all adults and whether we want to admit it or not, we all know what we personally need to do to get good grades; it’s just a matter of if students are going to be proactive about it or not.

Throughout my month or so at Radford, I have learned how beneficial it is to go to class. Unlike other schools, you are not just “talked at” for the whole class period; throughout the lectures, you learn other life lessons in between the lines of the curriculum.
You also get to know your professor and what makes them tick. From learning their personality and teaching style, you are able to predict what kinds of questions are going to be on the test by recognizing during class what is the most important to them.