To the Mount Community,
Throughout this semester so far, I’ve been extremely disappointed by the Mount community’s lack of interest in department-sponsored events and education at large. Through my college career, I have been blessed to hear amazing speakers and fascinating opinions, and all for no additional cost other than my tuition. But where is everyone else?
This is not a new problem. Just last year, the Mount put on dozens of lectures–from an expert on Middle Eastern refugees to leading social justice attorney Susan Burke, from owners of national and international corporations to our own Mount faculty conducting highly advanced research.
These lectures had one thing in common: Knott Auditorium was nearly half empty.
I’d like to ask the community: Why? There are a few thousand members of our community. We are all either paying to be educated or regard ourselves as educationally motivated. Not only this, but as citizens of an educational institution, we should be oriented toward our future successes and the prosperity of the world. How can we expect to succeed if we do not take advantage of the opportunities essential to our growth as students?
I’ve heard many professors grieve over the fact that they can only get students to attend lectures if they offer extra credit. You want extra credit? The extra credit is the benefit you are receiving as a human person by expanding your knowledge and ability to make an impact on the world through understanding new ideas.
To me, it seems like there is a sense of complacency among students. Consistently, I am surrounded by students who did not do their homework, forgot there was reading for class or who did not even bother to get out of bed for an 11:00 class. What gives? Do you not realize how much this school costs?
Let’s do some math. For a given semester, let’s say that there are 15 weeks, in which you attend five classes a week for a total for three hours per class. That adds up to 225 hours. The 2016-2017 tuition rate is $37,700, so cut that in half for one semester. This means that for every class you skip (not even counting homework you don’t do), you are essentially wasting about $84 for MWF classes and $126 for TH classes.
If you don’t show up to class, can you even consider yourself a student?
Mount St. Mary’s University provides abundant resources for growing intellectually, and many of these resources go untouched day after day. Lectures go unattended, professors’ office hours are not used and books are rarely checked out from our library.
This might not be a problem unique to the Mount community. This could be a generational problem of complacency. But are we, as students who want to make a difference in the world, really going to stand by and let this happen?
We are the future of this world. We are the ones who will be carrying the burdens of our own generation’s laziness. We need to rise above everyday difficulties and anxieties that is college and think about our future selves. Are you satisfied that the future leaders of tomorrow are sleeping through their education while accumulating thousands of dollars in debt? I’m not.