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.

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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The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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