For this post, I will be responding to the post “Monday Master Class: To Go To Class, Or Not To Go…There Shouldn’t Be Any Question” that can be found at the following link http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/07/07/monday-master-class-to-go-to-class-or-not-to-gothere-shouldnt-be-any-question/
In the post, Cal Newport makes the argument that a star student should always go to class and there are virtually no excuses for not doing so. I was especially interested by this post as attendance is something I have been struggling with this semester. This semester was the first in which I have class every day Monday through Friday starting at 8 or 9 am. I am somewhat of a morning person once I am up but getting out of bed in the morning on time is something I struggle with.
Cal combats the argument that the professor offers no new material and as such going to class is an inefficient waste of time with a few points. The one that stuck out to me is that by making yourself go to class you are physically committing yourself to your academics. I have a class this semester in which the exams are quite easy and I can do just fine reading the book beforehand. As a result, this class has been especially hard to make myself go to. However, by going to class I am showing myself I am dedicated which can be key to motivation.
After reading this post, I see that by skipping class for various reasons I have made it an “option” to miss class. As Cal says if you commit to never missing class. Ever. Then it is never a debate about whether you are going to class, going. I think this would be a useful attitude to take because motivation is so key in college. Motivation can be thought of as precious currency whether it be motivating oneself to study for a test or start that big assignment. It is silly of me as a student to waste this precious currency on something as trivial as getting out of bed for class. By making this non-debateable I feel that it may be possible that I can save mental energy and actually feel more refreshed and on top of things (more so than I would be from a few extra hours of sleep).
I am making a pledge to go to every single one of my classes through the end of October. I went to all of them today. This may sound minor but it is a small achievement that builds up “momentum” in tackling the tasks of my day. I think momentum is a crucial concept when it comes to academics.