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Why Students Dropped Classes During Sylly Week

Add/drop is the trial period for students to decide if their classes are actually worth going to. For one week, students can drop a class without it appearing on their transcript.

Sometimes the workload is too difficult. Other times, folks realize there’s no chance they’ll make it to their 8 a.m.

Last week, we asked you why you dropped a class during the add/drop period, and your responses didn’t disappoint. Between Comm students noticing too much math on the syllabus to classes going fully virtual, folks had plenty of reasons for ditching their classes already.

Matt — KINES 100

Matt, a broadcast journalism major, dropped KINES 100 because a friend told him that it was “the most mind-numbing busywork-oriented class” that he could take to fill his sports studies minor requirement. So, he trusted his friend’s word, switched to RPTM 210, and, so far, it’s been worth it.

Additionally, for the short week Matt did attend class, he noticed a football player studying the Wisconsin scouting report for most of the class. At that very moment, Matt said he knew Penn State football was going to secure the W this past weekend.

Justin — GEOG

Justin, an economics major, only needed one credit of a gen-ed. He went to his geography class on the Wednesday of Sylly Week and already had an assignment due. Tragic.

Within five minutes, he dropped it and added HDFS 129.

Jess — ANSC 324

Jess, an animal science major, knew ANSC 324 was going to be a struggle right from the start. She “basically had a panic attack” when she saw the syllabus, so she dropped it. Unfortunately, it was way too involved of a class.

David — Psychology

David, a criminology major, had enough of Zoom University last semester. When he found out his class was entirely virtual, he knew it was in his best interest to drop it. This is Penn State, not the University of Phoenix, folks.

Anonymous — NUTR 251

One BME student, who wishes to remain anonymous, knew they had to drop NUTR 251 only 20 minutes into the first day of class. Once the professor started talking about the syllabus, they logged into LionPath and dropped it.

Unfortunately, they were sitting in the front row with their friend, so they had to do the academic walk of shame and awkwardly get up in front of everyone and leave.

Was the embarrassment worth getting out of all of the busy work? Probably.

Maddy — COMM 310

Maddy, a journalism major, has some serious beef with COMM 310, otherwise known as digital media metrics. Turns out it’s not as easy as one would imagine.

“I thought this was supposed to be a pretty straightforward class,” Maddy said. “I’m a Comm major…I’m ass at math.”

Additionally, Maddy said she experienced an existential crisis this Sylly Week and is wondering why she’s in college at all.

Aryan — COMM 168

Aryan, a computer science major, dropped COMM 168: American Journalism due to the workload and extra assignments.

Aryan explained that he only signed up for this class as a backup. He added it in case he couldn’t get off the waitlist for a better class, ARCH 100. Turns out, he got lucky and was able to ditch this dreaded backup class.

Grace — COMM

Grace, an advertising major, took the L in a previous semester and late-dropped one of her classes. She was on the way to her Comm class from a different class, and it was pouring rain, so she stopped at her dorm to change her clothes. Once she got there, she realized she wasn’t going to make it to class on time, so she skipped.

Her professor was very strict about missing class, so she told a little white lie. After class was over, she emailed her and said that she was present in class but forgot to write her name on the sign-in sheet.

The professor responded with, “Hi Grace. I know that you’re lying because I highlighted your discussion post because it was very well-written, and you didn’t respond.”

Grace immediately dropped the class and never responded to her professor’s email. Oops!

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Colleen is a junior biology major from York, Pa and is one of Onward State's associate editors. She overuses the ~tilde~ and aspires to be no other than the great Guy Fieri. You can find Colleen filling up her gas tank at Rutter’s, the ~superior~ Pennsylvania gas station. Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected] For the hijinks, always.

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