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Why Students Dropped A Class During Sylly Week

Congrats on surviving the first week of “real” classes, folks! With syllabus review quizzes, awkward introductions, and Sylly Week long gone, it’s time to say goodbye to the classes you dropped.

Last week, we asked what made you drop a class during Sylly Week. Getting back in the swing of things at the start of a new semester is tough — we get it! From failed pretests to drunkenly missed assignments, we received some pretty reasonable explanations.

Devon — FRENCH 1

Devon, an English major, secured a seat in FRENCH 1 thinking it would be an easy, introductory course. When she got to class on the first day and the professor spoke exclusively in French, she felt differently.

“You’d think I would’ve been prepared for this,” Devon said, “It is a French class, but I wasn’t. I wasn’t even out of his lecture before I had already dropped it.”

Au revoir!

Jordie – SSED 100N

As an early childhood education major, Jordie knows her limits on class expectations and coursework. She defended her case simply.

“I don’t have 10 hours a week to read about history!”

Maddie – MATH 140 and CHEM 110

Maddie, a BBH major, did a double whammy of dropping classes this Sylly Week. Between realizing she didn’t even need MATH 140 for her major and earning a whopping 8% on the CHEM 110 pretest, Maddie decided the schedule she decided on just wasn’t working for her.

Maddie gets bonus points for having the courage to drop not one, but two classes.

Mia – CMPSC 101

Mia, a criminology major, planned on staying sober when she attended a party on a school night. Easy, right? Wrong. Mia’s efforts to not drink ended up getting her so drunk that she woke up with an awful hangover, and completing her CMPSC homework was out of the question.

Rather than taking a zero and having a rough start to the course, Mia dropped the class altogether. Better luck next time!

Rie – Creative Writing

As a political science and EPP major, Creative Writing wasn’t the most obvious class choice for Rie. The fact that she got “bad vibes” from the class definitely didn’t help, either.

After having her writing sample skipped over while everyone else in the class got to have theirs put on display, Rie was already feeling pretty negative about the course. To top off her bad experience, she said, “The class was located in some depressing room at the edge of Hammond. No thank you!”

Understandable. Beige walls and linoleum floors don’t exactly scream “creativity,” do they?

R – CAS 409

R, who cleverly listed their major as “not English”, dropped CAS 409 after hearing the terms of the weekly homework assignments. A 300-word response post three days a week was too much writing for a non-English major like R.

“I just want to get an A and graduate!” R said.

Don’t we all, R, don’t we all?

Billy – PHIL 136N

Billy’s philosophy professor threatened to drop anyone’s grade by two letter grades if he caught them on their phones in class, and that was a risk Billy, and probably a good portion of the rest of the class, wasn’t willing to take.

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