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Poll: Should I skip class today? (284 votes)

Yes 45%
No 55%

I have a class in about 2 hours and am thinking about skipping it. For me to go I'd be required to read and take notes on two scholarly articles for the daily quizzes we have. I have yet to miss a day of the class and have aced all of the daily quizzes thus far. The professor drops the 3 lowest daily quiz grades at the end of the semester. And I kinda want to watch the finale of Breaking Bad/chillax. What should I do?

#1 Posted by Milkman (17311 posts) -

Skip it. School is for nerds.

#2 Posted by TheHBK (5563 posts) -

Skip class for breaking bad? Are you serious? Jeff was right, damn people crazy about shows are lame.

Besides, they repeat this shit every couple hours anyway, you can watch after.

#3 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (3777 posts) -

You're gonna miss school one day.

#4 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

Trust me when I say no, go to school.

#5 Posted by Live2bRighteous (315 posts) -

@milkman: Agreed, skip it unless you want to be coding C++ for the rest of your life.

#6 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (787 posts) -

@thehbk: It's not just for Breaking Bad. I'm just feeling kind of lazy and don't want to grind through these articles.

#7 Edited by mosespippy (4436 posts) -

Looking back on my time in High School and University, I wish I skipped more classes. I say skip that shit, but do something more interesting than watching a fucking TV show.

#8 Edited by Animasta (14719 posts) -

@milkman said:

Skip it. School is for nerds.

#9 Edited by RainDog505 (102 posts) -
@blu3v3nom07 said:

You're gonna miss school one day.

This. In spades. I remember my first year post-college-graduation being a real bummer.

In all seriousness, you are an adult. Make your own decision and live by it. Sounds like you will not penalized too much for skipping today, so in the grand scheme of things this choice won't even matter that much.

I rarely skipped classes in college...considering that was equivalent to burning a sizable handful of cash for giggles.

#10 Posted by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

The TV show obviously has a built in self destruct. If you don't watch it no you will never get the chance to!

#11 Posted by joshwent (2351 posts) -

Are you paying for your school in cash completely by yourself? Great, skip it!

Is anyone else paying for it? Do your damn work.

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

#12 Posted by TobbRobb (4840 posts) -

Eh fuck it. School can accomodate a day or two off.

#13 Posted by ch3burashka (5242 posts) -

Fuck bitches; get money.

#14 Posted by Nictel (2434 posts) -

Looking back on my time in High School and University, I wish I skipped more classes. I say skip that shit, but do something more interesting than watching a fucking TV show.

This. But please, yeah do something interesting. Like get a group of friends together, go to a random bar in a random city and just hit on some girls. Fun almost guaranteed.

#15 Posted by Donkeycow (557 posts) -

Sometimes it is important to take a day for yourself. It is pretty clear from your post that you hardly skip class ever, doing it once is going to have absolutely no impact on your academic career. In fact it may help to relieve stress and benefit your studies in its own strange way. I do advise you don't waste the day entirely though and maybe do some prep work for other classes, even if you end up just working for an hour.

#16 Edited by Humanity (10058 posts) -

@nictel said:

@mosespippy said:

Looking back on my time in High School and University, I wish I skipped more classes. I say skip that shit, but do something more interesting than watching a fucking TV show.

This. But please, yeah do something interesting. Like get a group of friends together, go to a random bar in a random city and just hit on some girls. Fun almost guaranteed.

Yah man, don't be a nerd, skip class so you can go hit on girls in another state.

#17 Posted by zedman (112 posts) -

yeah man fuck school thats what i did now i work long ass hours in a shitty kitchen... no wait...

#18 Posted by Brodehouse (10128 posts) -

No, but I should.

#19 Posted by Optix12 (625 posts) -

Skipping school can be a slippery slope. Just be careful, today youre skipping school to watch Breaking Bad, a week later youre selling your clothes for another hit.

That aside I never skipped school in my high school years but during university I skipped a few only because either they were 9am classes and lazy hungover me decided I could catchup and confirm my work later on or I had already learnt about the topic previously

#20 Posted by Immunity (70 posts) -

Yeah, do something more interesting though! Fuck TV, right? TV is for nerds. Go light something on fire, buy a horse, order takeout from Applebee's. Something interesting, ya know? Something cool people do.

#21 Posted by zombie2011 (5048 posts) -

I skipped class all the time during University, as long as you know someone in the class that can tell you if you missed anything important skip them all.

I used to skip at least one class everyday.

#22 Posted by Ben_H (3428 posts) -

Skipping school for something like that is kinda questionable. You should only skip if you have a valid reason to. Laziness isn't a valid reason (I used to skip out of laziness at times and ended up regretting it a lot).

Getting into the habit of skipping classes can be a really bad thing though. Once you start is can be hard to stop.

Now I only skip classes if the lecturer/prof sucks and I won't lose anything by skipping it. For example, if they just read a PowerPoint that I can get from the course site, then I skip, read the PowerPoint myself, then read the textbook and do questions. I can get way more learned teaching myself in an hour and a half than if I watch someone else teach it, if they are bad. I have one prof this term who does exactly this, and even has all the examples he does on his PowerPoint, so there is literally no reason to attend lecture other than to assignments in. I still usually go anyway, but the more I go, the more pointless it feels. I will probably stop attending soon other than days where we hand in assignments. From what I've heard a lot of people are doing that now.

If the professor is good, though, I always attend lecture. I can learn a ton from a good lecture.

#23 Posted by Wyld (278 posts) -

As an instructor of a college course, I always tell students that you pay for the classes, go ahead and skip if you want. I would rather have a student who is willing to participate than a sleeping/drooling chair occupier. Just don't expect me to sympathize for the student I notice not attending.

#24 Posted by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -
#25 Posted by 49th (2843 posts) -

Do it! I skip sometimes, it's always been fine.

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#26 Posted by MentalDisruption (1670 posts) -

There are right times to skip and wrong times to skip. Don't just do it for a tv show. That's a wrong time. Do something more important or more interesting at least. Only do it when its important because its real easy to get into the habit of skipping a lot. "Oh I missed that one time and was alright, I think I can miss again and be fine." Before you know it you're screwed.

#27 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Fuck bitches; get money.

Fuck the money. Get bitches!

#28 Posted by GorillaMoPena (2333 posts) -

If you have unexcused absences to use, there is no point of not using them.

#29 Posted by LikeaSsur (1586 posts) -

@joshwent said:

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Yeah, this is a pretty reasonable reaction to OP skipping one class. (I'm being sarcastic.)

#30 Edited by Tireyo (6451 posts) -

Not a wise thing to ask in a forum. What you do is up to you.

#31 Posted by Subjugation (4740 posts) -

So many people advocating skipping class.

I don't think skipping is ever worth it unless you are really sick, like projectile vomiting. Skipping becomes a slippery slope and you'll find yourself wanting to do it more and more often.

#32 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (787 posts) -

I ended up skipping, watching Breaking Bad and playing some GTA V. Totally worth it. I feel like a rebel.

#33 Edited by HatKing (6108 posts) -

@joshwent said:

Are you paying for your school in cash completely by yourself? Great, skip it!

Is anyone else paying for it? Do your damn work.

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Blame the education system for that. I didn't enjoy learning until after graduating. Twenty some years of school, not once did I read a book for fun, nor learn anything of my own will, and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper saying that "he's good at this thing, you can hire him for it." And I can't help but feel that degree was earned purely through attrition, not by talent or acquired skills. Those skills which I've been able to hone far more effectively on my own since I've finished school. School shouldn't be seen as an obligation, you're right. But the system is built in a way that forces you from an early age to do things against your will, against your interest, and then punishes you for not doing well at it.

That degree I'll be paying for the rest of my life, that already cost me at least a quarter of my life, has proven mostly worthless, by the way. Knowing the right people is profoundly more useful.

#34 Posted by joshwent (2351 posts) -

@joshwent said:

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Yeah, this is a pretty reasonable reaction to OP skipping one class. (I'm being sarcastic.)

Sure, maybe a tad too serious, but nonetheless absolutely necessary to point out.

When the majority of people in the world have little access to higher education, condemning many to be on the brink of perpetual poverty and starvation, or worse, are culturally prohibited from bettering themselves (like girls getting acid thrown in their faces by the Taliban for trying to go to University), would you be cool asking them if you should skip class?

Maybe it's not too much to take some pride in the life you're able to lead, the future you'll be able to have because of it and just go to class... then watch your TV show later.

#35 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (787 posts) -

Also the class is rather boring and is discussion based. It is all about how the media portrays health related things like drugs, etc.

#36 Edited by Random45 (1279 posts) -

@joshwent said:

@likeassur said:

@joshwent said:

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Yeah, this is a pretty reasonable reaction to OP skipping one class. (I'm being sarcastic.)

Sure, maybe a tad too serious, but nonetheless absolutely necessary to point out.

When the majority of people in the world have little access to higher education, condemning many to be on the brink of perpetual poverty and starvation, or worse, are culturally prohibited from bettering themselves (like girls getting acid thrown in their faces by the Taliban for trying to go to University), would you be cool asking them if you should skip class?

Maybe it's not too much to take some pride in the life you're able to lead, the future you'll be able to have because of it and just go to class... then watch your TV show later.

Man, you would absolutely hate me.

#37 Posted by ajamafalous (12147 posts) -

@hatking said:

@joshwent said:

Are you paying for your school in cash completely by yourself? Great, skip it!

Is anyone else paying for it? Do your damn work.

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Blame the education system for that. I didn't enjoy learning until after graduating. Twenty some years of school, not once did I read a book for fun, nor learn anything of my own will, and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper saying that "he's good at this thing, you can hire him for it." And I can't help but feel that degree was earned purely through attrition, not by talent or acquired skills. Those skills which I've been able to hone far more effectively on my own since I've finished school. School shouldn't be seen as an obligation, you're right. But the system is built in a way that forces you from an early age to do things against your will, against your interest, and then punishes you for not doing well at it.

That degree I'll be paying for the rest of my life, that already cost me at least a quarter of my life, has proven mostly worthless, by the way. Knowing the right people is profoundly more useful.

As a dude who just dropped out of college after four years because I had finally had it and couldn't push myself any more to finish a major by taking a bunch of classes I had zero interest in, This x1000. I went to a large public high school (3500 students) and graduated 12th in my class out of about 800. "Of course you're going to college to be successful, all the smart people do." How fucked is our education system that I was essentially forced into the next step in the educational ladder without any idea what I wanted to do with my life, and then I couldn't switch majors because my financial aid wouldn't cover it? Instead of that Computer Engineering degree that I was supposed to be good at and supposed to enjoy, I'm working a minimum wage job and have no money because I'm paying back student loans (and probably will be for the next 10-15 years). The entire system is a fucking joke.

#38 Posted by Humanity (10058 posts) -

Also the class is rather boring and is discussion based. It is all about how the media portrays health related things like drugs, etc.

So did you skip it to go to a neighboring city and hit on chicks at a bar?

These are the important life decisions we at the Giant Bomb forums need to know.

#39 Posted by Wolfgame (878 posts) -

It depends on the personality, I'm the kind of person who would fail the classes if I don't get up and get here on time, I hope you didn't make your decision based on the forum posts. Only you can know what is best for you, maybe you thrive without having to be in the typical classroom setting, but most instructors at the college level will appreciate you taking the effort to not just blow it off. If something serious were to happen requiring you miss any future classes it might suck to have less leverage in working with your instructors because you just decided to dick around and skip a day to watch tv. But, that's just my view , you sound like a smart guy so i'm sure it all worked out alright.

#40 Posted by AcidBrandon18 (787 posts) -

@humanity: Sadly, no. No amount of skipping class will ever make me cool enough to do something that awesome.

#41 Posted by TobbRobb (4840 posts) -

@hatking said:

@joshwent said:

Are you paying for your school in cash completely by yourself? Great, skip it!

Is anyone else paying for it? Do your damn work.

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Blame the education system for that. I didn't enjoy learning until after graduating. Twenty some years of school, not once did I read a book for fun, nor learn anything of my own will, and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper saying that "he's good at this thing, you can hire him for it." And I can't help but feel that degree was earned purely through attrition, not by talent or acquired skills. Those skills which I've been able to hone far more effectively on my own since I've finished school. School shouldn't be seen as an obligation, you're right. But the system is built in a way that forces you from an early age to do things against your will, against your interest, and then punishes you for not doing well at it.

That degree I'll be paying for the rest of my life, that already cost me at least a quarter of my life, has proven mostly worthless, by the way. Knowing the right people is profoundly more useful.

As a dude who just dropped out of college after four years because I had finally had it and couldn't push myself any more to finish a major by taking a bunch of classes I had zero interest in, This x1000. I went to a large public high school (3500 students) and graduated 12th in my class out of about 800. "Of course you're going to college to be successful, all the smart people do." How fucked is our education system that I was essentially forced into the next step in the educational ladder without any idea what I wanted to do with my life, and then I couldn't switch majors because my financial aid wouldn't cover it? Instead of that Computer Engineering degree that I was supposed to be good at and supposed to enjoy, I'm working a minimum wage job and have no money because I'm paying back student loans (and probably will be for the next 10-15 years). The entire system is a fucking joke.

This is pretty much it. Aside from medicine and a few other subjects that are important to have official proficiency in, school is fucking useless. It's more useful long term to go to a bar and chat someone up, making friends is a better way to find jobs than education ever will be. I honestly don't regret that I skipped so many classes, and rather think I could and should have skipped more. Especially the occasions where I used the time to practice something interesting...

#42 Posted by LikeaSsur (1586 posts) -

@joshwent said:

@likeassur said:

@joshwent said:

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Yeah, this is a pretty reasonable reaction to OP skipping one class. (I'm being sarcastic.)

Sure, maybe a tad too serious, but nonetheless absolutely necessary to point out.

When the majority of people in the world have little access to higher education, condemning many to be on the brink of perpetual poverty and starvation, or worse, are culturally prohibited from bettering themselves (like girls getting acid thrown in their faces by the Taliban for trying to go to University), would you be cool asking them if you should skip class?

Maybe it's not too much to take some pride in the life you're able to lead, the future you'll be able to have because of it and just go to class... then watch your TV show later.

He skipped a single day in a class he's yet to miss, and you're talking about people getting acid thrown on them.

#43 Posted by Hunter5024 (5961 posts) -

Since you skipped class, you have to ask a girl out today. That's the rule. Because you can get away with doing anything irresponsible if it leads to a meet-cute.

#44 Posted by joshwent (2351 posts) -

@likeassur: I'm just talking about having a little perspective about the amazing opportunities that we all too often take for granted.

I'm not trying to shame anyone for skipping classes, or flushing pies down toilets, or whatever you want to do. Just to consider the things we may have, and that it may be important to take advantage of them.

If you're lucky enough to have a class to go to, go to it.

#45 Posted by Glottery (1387 posts) -

During around 16 years of school, I've personally maybe skipped class around ten times or less. The last year and a half have made me wish that I would skip days way more often. My current crew consists of people, who have skipped more days than I've seen anyone else do during all those previous 14 years and this is not even over exaggeration. Currently it seems like they're going to get what's coming to them, but I still feel like a sucker at times.

#46 Posted by Fattony12000 (7559 posts) -

Break Bad.

#47 Posted by Humanity (10058 posts) -

The saga of the September 30th class skipping continues.

#48 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

I personally think that once in a while it is ok to skip class especially when you know there is nothing important going on and you just want to relax and have fun for one day. If you do it often however it is really problematic and you could later regret doing it so often.

#49 Posted by billymagnum (841 posts) -

dont skip your class, skip through your class

#50 Edited by believer258 (12182 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

@hatking said:

@joshwent said:

Are you paying for your school in cash completely by yourself? Great, skip it!

Is anyone else paying for it? Do your damn work.

What a fucked up situation we have where the rare and precious opportunity to get an education and improve one's self is seen as an obligation.

Blame the education system for that. I didn't enjoy learning until after graduating. Twenty some years of school, not once did I read a book for fun, nor learn anything of my own will, and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper saying that "he's good at this thing, you can hire him for it." And I can't help but feel that degree was earned purely through attrition, not by talent or acquired skills. Those skills which I've been able to hone far more effectively on my own since I've finished school. School shouldn't be seen as an obligation, you're right. But the system is built in a way that forces you from an early age to do things against your will, against your interest, and then punishes you for not doing well at it.

That degree I'll be paying for the rest of my life, that already cost me at least a quarter of my life, has proven mostly worthless, by the way. Knowing the right people is profoundly more useful.

As a dude who just dropped out of college after four years because I had finally had it and couldn't push myself any more to finish a major by taking a bunch of classes I had zero interest in, This x1000. I went to a large public high school (3500 students) and graduated 12th in my class out of about 800. "Of course you're going to college to be successful, all the smart people do." How fucked is our education system that I was essentially forced into the next step in the educational ladder without any idea what I wanted to do with my life, and then I couldn't switch majors because my financial aid wouldn't cover it? Instead of that Computer Engineering degree that I was supposed to be good at and supposed to enjoy, I'm working a minimum wage job and have no money because I'm paying back student loans (and probably will be for the next 10-15 years). The entire system is a fucking joke.

This is pretty terrifying because I was *this* close to dropping out when the first day of this semester was approaching. I really like English and writing and books but I don't especially like my classes. The education system needs to be structured in such a way that from the very beginning, kids have options on what they want to look into. Sure, you can still require math, reading, and history classes, but there aren't many kids who actually like going to class and that's pretty messed up. School is also structured in such a way that the more intelligent kids are hardly challenged and wind up bored most of the time, so they don't study or do homework. And the dumber kids generally don't give a fuck.

I decided to stick to college mostly because, well, this is my last year and I can either get the degree with a massive pile of debt or not get the degree with a slightly less massive pile of debt. It's probably better to have the former, even if it does wind up useless.