Students deserve respect, fair treatment

It seems to be a big thing around campus for professors, staff and faculty to accentuate the fact that we as students should act like adults. We are in essence being prepared for the real world.

Well what about those of us who are already in the real world? What about those students who have jobs and go to class, get good grades and pay all of their bills? If that isn’t the real world, what is?

If professors and other faculty members want us to act like adults, then they should treat us accordingly.

Let me get this straight, you want me to be an adult, get to your class on time, be able to afford to pay for my books the first week of class in spite of three month late net checks, and walk, talk and dress like I run my own business, but I have to have my mom call you if I have to go out of town?

I have to go down to the clinic to get a pass for class if I am deathly ill?

I have news.

In the real world, if I call in sick to work I don’t need the doctor to come in with me the next day to excuse it.

In the real world, if my aunt dies and I need to go to her funeral, I get leave, and I don’t have to bring in her obituary to prove it.

In the real world, your boss doesn’t mark you absent for showing up a minute late to work when half the time they can’t make it on time themselves.

Can you even spell hypocritical?

From a student who does show up 99 percent of the time, I expect to be given a little more latitude than those who never do.

In the real world when you build a reputation for being there, you can be taken for your word when you say you were throwing up all morning.

But here at FAMU I have to bring the intestines I threw up in a jar for anyone to believe me.

We as students pay for everything here, from the food to the lack of parking, to the football game tickets that run out on Wednesdays.

Yet, we can’t be trusted to have the opposite sex in our dorm rooms, or to be a few minutes late to class without a signed affidavit from an emergency room doctor.

I’m sick of being talked to like a 12-year-old in every office from housing to financial aid when I should be talking to them like they’re four; they’re the ones who can’t get anything right. I still haven’t gotten my net check.

In conclusion, the only people around here who act like children are the people who continue to demand from students an adult-like attitude without any of the respect that comes along with it.

What do you think, you live in the real world, and the rest of us live in the “play-play” world? Grow up.

Bridget Nance, 20, is a junior broadcast student from Alexandria, Va. She can be reached at