Getting ready for the new semester: Show up on time College Life

Hello everyone:

Two of my colleges have eight-week semesters. It amazes me that students think they can blow off the first week. One of my colleges just started classes on Monday. I had students who did not show up until Thursday.

By then, they had already missed one deadline and had only a few hours before they would miss the second deadline. Folks, this is not the way to impress your prof.

It is also not good for your blood pressure. You (or someone else) are paying good money for your courses. Why would you shoot yourself in the foot by being tardy?

At my face-to-face college, I had one student who showed up five minutes (or more) late for every one of the 32 class meetings. Two tardies equals one absence. Students are allowed one absence without penalty and then I deduct one point from their final grade for every absence thereafter. Guess what 32 tardy appearances did to his final GPA? It was not pretty.

So, to get ready for a successful semester, show up and be there on time!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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