To Read for Class… Or Not To Read for Class
When I began my freshman year of college, I was overwhelmed to say the least. I was overwhelmed from meeting so many new people, overwhelmed by how sinfully delicious the late night food scene was, and overwhelmed by the workload. All of the sudden, I was getting numerous weeknight texts from people (whose names I didn’t even remember putting into my phone) about amazing parties. And I went, even though I still had hundreds of pages of reading to do for the next day! (Sidenote: scheduling classes for Friday is a rookie mistake.You will never go to these.) But then, as my grades began slipping, a revolutionary thought occurred to me: maybe I don’t have to do all of the readings! But how does an overwhelmed college freshman know when they do or don’t have to do the assigned readings?
When the class is under 30 people. If you go to a large university, these will be your breakout sections complementing your lecture. If you go to a small liberal arts college, sorry, you’re screwed.
When it’s for your major. Or what you’re thinking of majoring in. Think about it: you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars to come out of college with a degree in this specialized area. Make something educational your major and partying your minor.
When your T.A. is hot. Ditzy was cute in high school, but it’s not anymore when your T.A. is obviously passionate about what she’s teaching. Take a cue from Drew Barrymore in “Never Been Kissed” and impress your T.A. by quoting some Shakespeare.
When it’s a weekday (except for Thursday). Going out on the weekends is a big part of the college experience, but going out and blacking out Monday through Sunday will end you up like Lindsay Lohan. However, if you’ve gotten all your homework done and the hottie from your psych class texts you about a Wednesday night party at his apartment to start the weekend early, you’d better text back that you’re going.