Don’t poop out at the end of the semester College Life

Hello everyone:

It seems like you have been climbing that mountain of homework forever. You only have one week of classes left and you have a decision to make: Are you gong to complete the term from a position of strength or are you going to poop out at the end of the course?

It is the end of the term for one of the colleges where I teach. Students had a final five-minute speech to give. And three of them didn’t show up at all while one showed up but said he was going to “go up and talk out the clock.”

Before he even stood up, I knew he hadn’t prepared anything, hadn’t done a lick of research, and hadn’t practiced what he was going to say. There was no outline of his speech available because he hadn’t made one. There was no Works Cited page because he hadn’t done any research.

He walked to the front of the class after saying to me that he was going to talk for five minutes because he figured that I would give him a grade that was better than zero if he did. He just hadn’t felt like writing the speech, so he didn’t.

He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, instead of the required dressing up, complete with a tie. He did not smile even once during his chat, and when he saw that five minutes had elapsed, he said, “I guess you can see that I didn’t prepare anything, so I’m going to sit down.” And he did.

The class was shocked because, to that point, I was the only one who knew he hadn’t prepared. The class looked hurt because of the disrespect he showed them by not being prepared. What the class didn’t realize was that, while they all did really well on their speeches, Mr. I don’t Care didn’t.

Finish your courses, folks. You’ve worked long and hard to get the grade you have earned. Don’t let down your guard at the last minute. You can do this!


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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