College Fog or Horse Blinds

Karon Parrish

   There are a number of students that believe college is a time of fun, parties, being away from mom for the first time in 18 years and skipping class without needing a note from home. But yet they look at you like you are crazy when you tell them they are now grown-ups. Are some people living in a college fog or do they just have horse blinds on?

   Ask any instructor or professor on campus and they can all tell you they’ve heard the following from a new student, “What? I have to type my own paper?”

   Don’t get me wrong there are those who are serious about their education and arrive to class on time with their books and assignments! They’ve actually read the material too! There are students prepared to complete their degrees in the next 4 years and move on to their chosen career. These are the student’s instructors dream about!

   Being an English major, I’ve had Dr. Betty Matthews for many classes and she is known for her following quote, “Listen up, kiddos, buy the book, open the book, read the book!”

   Some even complain and whine the whole semester that they have a bad grade in a class but when you ask them if they’ve gone to tutoring, they look at you like you are nuts. They actually believe they have too much to do to go to tutoring! .

   We almost need a class on how to go to college before students actually attend college. They need to learn to select their own classes and not have their advisor do it for them. Having worked in the writing center I’ve seen students who have never typed a paper! Tell new students its okay to think for themselves and to speak up in class! My most favorite has to be - don’t register for an 8 a.m. class if you know you can not get out of bed before 10 a.m.

   We need to get out of the fog and take the horse blinds off in order to succeed in college! Whether you agree or disagree, let me know your thoughts by clicking on the link below.

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