STORY BY MOLLY ADAMSON
The sound of an annoying alarm clock could almost be considered a college student’s anthem. Get up, sometimes before the sun is even up. Maybe if the stars are aligned correctly, get a shower in before rushing off to that dreaded 8 a.m., with the moon in the sky during the walk. Pleasant.
But what if, on one lucky day, you rolled over to check your email, and found an email from your professor cancelling class? Aw, a few more hours of blessed sleep!
Class cancellations, while they don’t happen that often, can brighten any student’s day. A professor might cancel for a multitude of reasons, but are they really benefitting students in the end ?
As Drake students, we pay a crazy amount of money to go to this school. In fact, the tuition has already been raised for next year, hooray. We’re already paying these amounts though, whether we’re in class or not.
Last semester, I overheard someone saying that their professor cancelled class for about two weeks. Two weeks! That just seems crazy. What was the professor doing during that time? I think he may have been on vacation. When cancelling class is an option, a professor can just drop everything and go on vacation.
This can leave his students still paying the same amount of money, but not getting the education they paid for.
That being said, no professors in their right mind should make their students trudge through snow and go to class when the weather channel is using the words “highly dangerous.” Yet some do it.
The argument may be made that students don’t have to go class if they don’t want to. But with the threat of their grade dropping because of absences, or because there is a test on an awful snow day, some students put value on their attendance of classes.
On the other hand, when professors cancel classes left and right, students begin to feel like they spend more time out of class than in it.
A happy medium needs to be found between these two ends. Professors, don’t force us to go into weather that would risk our health by dangling a test over our heads or making some insane attendance policy.
Think like rational human beings. Would you have gone out in this weather as a student? No? Then don’t punish us for not going out in it either. Most of us walk, whereas most of you probably drive.
Students, we all need to be a little more appreciative. We attend one of the top schools in the Midwest, and we’re getting a pretty awesome education. So get your lazy butts out of bed. After all, once class is over you can roll right back into it.