The Importance of Attendance
It’s 7am. You’re awakened by the piercing shrills of your phone alarm. You look out the window and much to your despair it is pouring down with rain. To top it off? It’s a Monday. “Eh, I’ll go tomorrow,” you tell yourself.
School is the place we’ve all dreaded going to at least once, but the place we all know we need to go to.
Still, without any immediate major consequences from missing school, it’s pretty easy to fall into the habit of not going.
But here’s why you should.
School is more than just books and credits.
The truth is, at the end of the day, credits are just a number to measure progress and are not what defines you or your success.
Something you will realise particularly after leaving high school is that whether you got 80 Achieved credits or 100 Excellence credits isn’t all that important.
What school is valuable for, however, is how it prepares you for real life. Homework, internals and studying for tests are what builds skills like time management, priority-making and learning to complete something before a deadline.
Getting good at these skills that you will need in the real world takes practice, and it all starts in the classroom. Missing class will disrupt any headway you’re making, and…
…It can become a hard habit to break.
As soon as you miss class, it’s easy to fall into the habit of realizing how fun it is. The chances of you repeating it again in the future becomes more likely, possibly with even the littlest excuses.
You are only setting yourself up for a vicious cycle that becomes very hard to break. It’s hard to get on top of it when work starts to pile up, so sometimes it’s easier to be in denial that this pile exists and just let it keep piling up.
The reality is that you will still have to catch up on this work. When you skip class, you’re not skipping the homework and catch-up notes with it. These become added difficulties on top of other assignments you may have already. Just showing up to class cuts out the extra unneeded step of catching up.
If a serious issue like an illness arises, then that would hold you back and you can give yourself time to recover. For other reasons, try your hardest to be resilient and get yourself to school, no matter how hard it is or what might be trying to stop you. You’ll give yourself less work in the long run and future you will thank you for it.
Communication and collaboration.
When you’re at school, you’re surrounding yourself with hundreds of other people who may not think, act or behave like you. Sometimes, you’re even made to work with them. This is probably one of the most beneficial things school can do for you.
Socialising with others will help build interpersonal skills which are crucial for everyday life. Getting along with people you like is one thing, and working with people you don’t like is another.
Collaboration with others tests your communication, patience and leadership skills. Sometimes, things may not go your way or work as effectively as you would like it to. That is only a scaled-down version of what life is like after school.
By missing out on opportunities to communicate and collaborate with others, you’re robbing yourself of chances to get used to working in team environments which is what workplaces and companies thrive on. You can still be an independent learner at school, but it’s just as important to be a team player as well!
Fear of missing out on important information and fear of missing out on the high school experience itself.
On missing out on important information:
Because a lot of where you get your actual credits from is “outside” of the classroom, students are often misled to think that they don’t have to spend much time in the classroom.
While it is possible to pass assignments by studying on your own, by not attending class you still miss a day of valuable information that can help you for your assignment.
“But today my teacher isn’t gonna teach us anything new.” I’ve said it all before, too. From what seems like pointless babbling for a whole lesson, you might be able to take away one sentence from your teacher with you that will really help. You never know what ‘‘boring class’’ could be advantageous to you one day.
On missing out on the experience:
High school is probably one of the last places you’ll have to ask someone to use the bathroom.
It’s also where you will experience friendship, fighting, challenges, failures and achievements.
Yes, your teachers may seem like they’re on your case all the time, but after high school you may not experience that same care for your education from someone again.
It’s all of these things that really make high school a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once you graduate you’ll have more freedom than you did before, but there’s no need to rush it because the time will come eventually.
Make the most of your time in high school because it doesn’t last forever.
You’re incredibly lucky to have an education.
Not everyone has the opportunity to go to school at all – let alone contemplate whether or not they should attend.
An education does not only give people the knowledge and skills they require, it strengthens one’s character and understanding of humanity.
Education is a right, not a privilege. If you’re finding it hard to go to school today, tomorrow, or ten days from now, do it for the millions of people your age alone who would do anything to go to school like you can.
As the late Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”