The Importance Of It's The First Day Of College

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It’s the first day of college and you are in your bed. The phone rings next to you. “Honey, wake up! It’s time for school!”
Most college students today do not get calls from their parents to wake them up in the morning, as they are expected to be in charge of their own actions as adults. There is no set schedule or rules to follow, as long as the result is the same, it does not matter how one studies for a test or gets to class on time. This freedom can be terrifying and degrading for some incoming college students. Cited by the American Psychological Association, “between 80 and 95 percent of college students procrastinate on their schoolwork” (bluebanner). These select college students are unaware of how to organize their priorities, resulting
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They seem to not understand the importance of coming to class on time. Back in high school, if you did not show up to class on time, then you were going to fail. Freshmen college students adore the freedom college provides, by which some professors will not grade them on attendance. A recent survey I performed included 62 Freshmen students at San Francisco State University, in which they were asked, “How often are you late to class?” Three replied “always,” a studious 25 replied “never,” and a whopping 34 declared “sometimes.” Incoming freshmen struggle with the transition from a structured high school life to a wobbly independent college schedule due to the freedom college invokes. New college students are unaware of the consequences of being late to class and the responsibilities they hold with their independent freedom from home. College professors are known for not including consequences concerning attendance in their syllabi, leaving the students to handle their own personal consequences of not showing up on time. The beginning of class is the same as the beginning of a book. The first few pages are where the reader will gain background knowledge in order to understand the text better. By missing the first ten minutes of class, the student will have a hard time engaging himself in the lecture. Additionally, the student will miss out on connecting with his fellow classmates by not coming early to class. The disconnected atmosphere will bring the overall morale of the classroom down, making it hard for everybody to concentrate. Arriving late to class “[detracts] from their classmates’ learning and [interrupts] the instructor’s train of thought,” thus contributing to the decrease in concentration in the classroom (cmu). The perpetual lateness of a student shows other classmates that he cannot be relied on to arrive at an event on

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