A “shoe-in” for lecture success


A day in the life of a college student By Cecilia Luna, student contributing writer

Waking up on a weekday is already dreadful enough, and adding on the promise of a schedule of lectures ahead makes the triumph of getting out of bed in the morning that much harder. However difficult it may be to go to class though, always remember: missing lecture is always worse than just grouchily attending. If you were to skip class the whole semester and only show up for exams, not a soul would bother to care — sometimes not even your professor. Attending class is a choice, but for the purposes of your degree … it’s a choice you should always try to make.

During my second semester at UF, I was enrolled in a Comparative Politics course, and lecture was twice a week. During each week, everyone was subject to a weekly unannounced quiz on the readings due at the time. This meant they could happen on Monday or Wednesday (the days we met). It was in our best interest to just attend class regularly. There were students, however, who would often leave the lecture hall once the quiz was given. Our professor would notice people leaving class after the quiz and became fearful of the consequences of not being around to take notes and cover material together. These instances led up to one of the greatest moments I’ve ever experienced in a politics lecture before. This past week, our weekly quiz was on Monday. This meant that Wednesday’s attendance would be minimal. Upon the beginning of that day’s presentation, our professor looked around and asked, “Where is everyone?” The auditorium lay silent. “Is it because the quiz was Monday?” she asked. We all knew that the absence of many was because they figured their duty had been fulfilled for the course that week. In that realization, our professor came up with an idea: “Everyone, take out a sheet of paper.” We were about to have another quiz. I was nervous, and I had no idea what the questions would be! To my surprise, our instructor held up her shoe and said, “What color is my shoe today?” That was it. One extra point that day for knowing the professor had on silver shoes. This extra point came in handy for future exams, or even at the end of the year grades. From now on, I make sure to always attend class and pay attention in lectures — I’d prefer to continue my college career and never miss out on another shoe quiz.

About the author

Cecilia Luna, UF studentCecilia is Unigo’s newest student blogger. She’ll give us an inside look at a day in the life of a college student, sharing her journey with us every step of the way. She’s a second year public relations major at the University of Florida. Her hometown is in south Florida, in the small town of Clewiston, and she’s ready to make her mark. “Not only am I learning to adjust to a bigger city, but all of the adventures this big university brings along with it.” You can follow her adventures right here on Unigo! Interested in becoming our next “day in the life” student blogger? We are in the search for more writers. Reach out to us on social media or in the comment section below, and we’ll send you more info on how to get started.

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