6 Reasons Why University Attendance Policy Is Awful

6 Reasons Why University Attendance Policy Is Awful

It's the student's money. If they want to pay for a class they don't attend, let them.
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As far as many colleges go, you are only able to miss a class once or twice before you receive further punishment. This seems pretty easy to do until halfway through the semester when you've already missed the same class twice and you have the flu. In reality, the attendance policy at universities is bogus and here's why.

1. Illness.

When in college, you are likely to be around people 24/7 between having a roommate, community bathrooms, and classes. The more you're around people, the more germs you're likely to contract. This increases your chances of getting sick and therefore missing more classes.

2. Exhaustion.

Between clubs, classes, homework, friends, Greek life, etc, you are bound to have days where you can't get out of bed due to extreme exhaustion. However, with the current attendance policy, you can't really miss class for exhaustion just in case you end up completely unable to attend class later in the semester.

3. Mental Health.

Having good mental health is important to maintaining homework and grades. Sometimes the best way to maintain mental health is to stay home and work on bettering yourself so that you are better for the rest of the week. Again, with the current policy, you must avoid taking mental health days in case you must miss class later.

4. Why go to class if you can maintain the grade?

This question is commonly asked around by many university students. What is the point of getting graded for attendance? If a student can maintain a good grade in the course as well as turn in all of their assignments, why does it matter how many days they are physically in the classroom?

5. Written excuses.

For many classes, students are expected to have a written reason for missing class in order for it to be excused. However, a student is likely not going to go to the health center over a cold yet they are still in bad shape to attend class. Many college students are adults and are expected to act as adults. In the workplace, employees are not expected to provide a doctors note every time they must miss work. Why isn't this the same for college students if the workplace is what they're trying to prepare for?

6. It's the student's money!

The students are paying to enroll in their courses. If they want to miss class and not get the most out of their courses then they should be able to do so without getting punished. It's their money that they're wasting.

Obviously, there are exceptions to this such as a lab class where a majority of the work is done in the classroom. However, classes that are just note taking and lectures should have a looser attendance policy, allowing students to manage their own time and workload.

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If you're a nursing major, you relate to the following 19 things all too well. Between your clinical encounters and constant studying, you can't help but wonder if anyone else outside of your major understands the daily struggles you face in nursing school. And even though being the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc. isn't the same as being a nursing major, Michael Scott does a pretty accurate job of describing what it's like.

1. When your professor overloads your brain with information on the first day of class.

2. Realizing that all your time will now be spent studying in the library.

3. Being jealous of your friends with non-science majors, but then remembering that your job security/availability after graduation makes the stress a little more bearable.

4. Having to accept the harsh reality that your days of making A's on every assignment are now over.

5. When you're asked to share your answer and why you chose it with the whole class.

6. Forgetting one item in a "select all that apply" question, therefore losing all of its points.

7. When you're giving an IV for the first time and your patient jokingly asks, "This isn't your first time giving one of these, right?"

8. You're almost certain that your school's nursing board chose the ugliest scrubs they could find and said, "Let's make these mandatory."

9. Knowing that you have an important exam that you could (should) be studying for, but deciding to watch Netflix instead.

10. Getting to the first day of clinical after weeks of classroom practice.

11. When you become the ultimate mom-friend after learning about the effects various substances have on the human body.

12. Running off of 4-5 hours of sleep has become the new norm for you.

13. And getting just the recommended 7-8 hours makes you feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

14. You have a love-hate relationship with ATI.

15. When your study group says they're meeting on a Saturday.

16. Choosing an answer that's correct, but not the "most" correct, therefore it is wrong.

17. And even though the late nights and stress can feel overwhelming,

18. You wouldn't want any other major because you can't wait to save lives and take care of others.

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The 10 Different Kinds Of Academic Advisors You'll Have In College, If They Were ALSO Drag Queens

Because RuPaul is *basically* the Michael Crow of drag.

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It's getting to the point of the semester where if you haven't already met with one or more of your academic advisors... you've got to get on top of it! If you're feeling intimidated, however, just know that you have the chance of meeting an advisor who reminds you of your favorite drag queen...

1. The *Really Nice* One (Ben de la Creme)

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Sugary sweet in every way, even when you're six credits behind. This advisor is the one you can always to go with a question or a degree crisis, but you also have to mentally prepare for just *how* nice they are. If they ever go on a reality TV show, you know they'll be the one to eliminate themselves before a competitor-turned-friend.

2. The Angry One (The Vixen)

Maybe you have a bad habit of always seeing this advisor on days where they woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but you're pretty sure one of your advising appointments is going to end in a fight at some point. Despite the grumpiness, however, you have a feeling that this advisor, deep down, really cares about how you're doing in and outside of class. Still, you don't want to get on their bad side any more than you think you already are.

3. The Clueless One (Monique Heart)

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This advisor is nice, they really are. But they have NO CLUE what your major is, what classes you should be taking and when, or what opportunities might be available on campus. You feel like you have to do twice the amount of work to prepare for a meeting with them, and even then you don't feel confident in where you're at once you leave. It's as if they thought cowhide was giraffe print... but with electives and gen-ed credits.

4. The Scary One (Bianca del Rio)

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You gulp every time you have an appointment with this advisor because you know if you don't show up prepared they WILL roast you. This advisor isn't afraid to tell you that you are straight up wrong, even when you were really hoping you were on the right track. When you vent about how appointments go on Twitter, however, it gives you great content, so how upset can you be?

5. The Quiet One (Pearl)

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Are they your advisor or a master librarian? This advisor is super knowledgeable and easy to get along with, but they make an empty office sound as loud as the MU at noon. You have to ask them to repeat everything they say, and one day you're worried you're going to miss something they tell you not for lack of attention, but because you just can't hear them. You know it's worth it though because they always seem to have the inside scoop on how the advising office is doing.

6. The Wild One (Katya)

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This advisor is like your weird, wonderful estranged aunt who loves contact and is just a great time to be around. You wonder how any advising gets done because you're always laughing during your appointment!

7. The One Who Is Too Qualified For The Job (Sasha Velour)

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When you talk to this advisor, you feel like you're attending some sort of mystical Ted Talk on how to succeed. Their office has a Hogwarts-like quality to it with countless shelves of books, great art pieces, and... is that a row of awards on the wall?! Maybe they used to teach or do research because they feel too unstoppable to just be telling you what to do this upcoming year.

8. The Young One (Adore Delano)

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PARTY! This advisor can't be more than five years older than you are, and they try and assert their authority through relatable-but-not-too-relatable slang. They do know how stressful it is to be a college student, however, and you really appreciate the fact that they can empathize with you when you're having a breakdown about your thesis.

9. The Older One (Bebe Zahara Benet)

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Grounded and demure, this advisor is the one that has been with your college since... well... maybe it first opened? They know everything about everything and are honestly just really, really amazing.

10. The One Who Becomes Your Best Friend (Miz Cracker)

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This advisor won your heart over from the beginning with their wit and charm and then sealed the deal by being an awesome advisor you can come to for anything. They're a pivotal part of your college experience, and you love scheduling appointments with them! You just wonder why they don't necessarily get the credit they deserve for being so great.

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