You awaken, with your eyes still closed. You stretch your body starfish style while feeling for your phone with your right hand. It should be where you left it, under your pillow. As usual you must have moved it while tossing and turning with the tides of your dreams. You check the time and realized that you have woken up before your alarm clock. To your amazement you have thirty minutes until your alarm goes off. Your alarm is set to give you just enough time to throw on the clothes laying on your desk chair, brush your teeth, and run across campus to class with an apple in your mouth, pencil behind your ear, and notebook in your hand.
But then, the familiar thought comes to your mind, “I don’t want to go to class“. What do you do when going to class is the last thing that you want to do on earth?
Below are some points to consider. Especially the next time it is a struggle for you to go to class.
It all adds up
Missing a college class cost you money! According to the College Board, it can cost between $30- $104 (depending on tuition) for every class you miss. If you missed enough classes to fail the class, now you could be giving away upwards of $1,800. This does not include having to retake the class or get those credit hours to graduate somewhere else. Perspectively, missing class for a semester waste the equivalent of an iphone, over a month of minimum wage salary, or a staycation. The same goes for missing enough class that you can no longer pass the class due to attendance.
There are long term consequences
Accepting mediocre performance from yourself is a hard habit to break. If anyone should be motivating you, it’s you. It is nice when we have family or friends who can be there for us when we need it. People who can uplift our souls when we feel like the world is out to get us, but let me tell you a harsh truth. One day, you will face a challenge, and just when you are about to call your mom, your phone dies. You can’t charge it because you are on a lone road with little to no traffic and your car battery has died. Ok, not to get to melodramatic but I think you get my point. If you continue to practice letting yourself be mediocre, you are making it harder to show up for yourself when you really need it.
You deserve better
This one is plain and simple. You deserve better than to be kicked out of school for sleeping too much or hanging out with friends all the time. To sit in class and not only know what is going on, but be able to contribute to discussions, raise your hand and answer questions, and tutor others. You deserve to be revered by your classmates and professors, and you deserve a seat at the tables where life-changing conversations are happening. College classes are a thing of beauty. Bills, breakups, and broken tail lights are all forgotten in class. You are given the luxury of pushing those things aside, and proving to yourself and others, that you can understand the world on a deeper level.
Student Success Nation family, I know that there are some days when you really need to miss class. I am not just talking about emergencies here, I am including mental health days, job interviews, or work. The goal of this post is to not make you feel guilty for missing those days of class. The point here is that if you need to miss class, you need to inform your professor as soon as possible and limit the days in which you are missing class because you are just too sleepy to go.
I know you can do this. In self-motivation solidarity,
YOUR Student Success Coach
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