I am in my sophomore year at the University of Maine and this year I have a different perspective on our university. Last year, my freshmen year I was focused on my education, not disappointing myself or my family, studying hard and asking for help when I needed it. I have the same mentality this year but does everyone in the class of 2022?
Talking to freshmen this year partying seems to be the only thing on their minds. Binge drinking, boys, and what frat to get into are the three thoughts. Thursday through Sunday consist of Thirsty Thursday, Parties Friday and Saturday nights followed by Parties on Sunday.
They seem to think they are paying for an education in partying not the major or the classes they are signed up for.
Besides that, if they do try and focus on school there seems to be a lack of focus. Social media, the constant buzz going off on the table creates a distraction for anyone no matter how focused you are. If you want to get any work done it doesn't just stop when you put your phone on silent. You also have to disable the ability to receive texts on your computer as well. But what about the ability to open google chrome and simply continue in another dimension.
Another problem that I learned about this year is that the students of 2022 do not know how to properly study for college-level exams. Did their high school teachers simply pass them along? Did they truly get good enough grades to graduate? Why haven't proper study skills been taught in school?
When it comes to the professors at the University of Maine depending on the teacher you have they might care and work with you or this might your wake up call where they will let you fail. It is a time where you are paying for your education, the professor will get paid either way.
So, some of these statements are concerning to me. Some may say that these are college kids trying to figure it out but when someone comes to me and says they do not know how to study that's concerning.
These are the children that will be in leading the world through wars, global warming, and political unrest but they can't study in college.
Are we failing the future leaders of our country?