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Time is money in college and skipping class wastes it

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Almost everyone has skipped a class at some point in their college career, whether it be for health reasons, personal days or oversleeping. But when it becomes a habit for some people, I can’t help but question why they are even paying for a college education in the first place.
Tuition isn’t cheap, and that likely isn’t going to change anytime soon. According to the University Registrar, a 3-credit hour course costs $1,146.
Every time a student skips one of those classes, they are losing valuable dollars they will never get back. It is similar to the equivalent of paying for tickets to multiple concerts but never actually attending any of the shows.
In college, time really is money.
Finances are not the only concern when it comes to this unfortunate habit. It can be assumed that you are going to be lost in the coursework. Maybe you are one of the few people who can use nothing but a textbook to ace exams, but it’s unrealistic. Professors are going to give information in class that you can’t receive elsewhere, and they’ll expect that you are there to hear it.
I can’t even imagine how behind I would feel if I continually missed lectures. Textbooks present an overwhelming amount of information, but most professors will highlight the most important details and explain concepts that might not be clear. Attending class is crucial to academic success.
For those students who continually skip class, it also might be wise to remember that the “real world” is not as forgiving. You will get your share of sick days, vacation days and personal days in your future career, but an excessive amount of missed days will surely result in no job to return to once you have finished playing hooky.
College is meant to prepare students for the workplace, but if they can’t take responsibility for their attendance now, then their future as paid professionals appears bleak.  

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