Attendance not crucial to success

For some reason it is difficult for me to make it to my first class every day. No matter what time it is being held, 7:05 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., it is always a struggle.

But once I get started for the day I’m generally in attendance, unless I get sidetracked talking to a friend or walking across campus in a pair of those – What possessed me to wear these to school? – boots.

To tell the truth, I have missed my share of classes and have gotten a mixed basket of results. But in the end, success lies in the hands of the individual and depends on cognitive skills, not class attendance.

Attending classes could provide an association with a classmate or professor who could aid you in the future. And in some cases, it might determine whether or not you get your net check – but you could always have a friend to sign your John Hancock.

I’m not advocating missing classes. What it comes down to is that I am first and foremost a student and that means actually going to school. And I pay too much out-of-state tuition to play around all of the time.

I know that things happen where you cannot make it to class because they surely have in my career at FAMU.

But going to class is my assurance that I’ll at least be familiar with the material from that day.

For me, class attendance coupled with studying usually earns me an A.

But for the studious of the studious, who learns through solemn, quiet absorption or the person who just knows somebody – skip class!

The bottom line is: if you take the time to thoroughly study all of the text provided, you will be a success.

You might waste some time, in an attempt to cover all of your bases -especially, if a professor provides guidelines of what you must know – but you’ll do fine.

But as my grandmother would say, “Make sure you get your lesson.”