There are a lot of things I look forward to on the first week of classes. After studying in Silliman for almost three years, I am already anticipating the flaunting of brand new outfits-of-the-day, groups of friends talking about spontaneous adventures, and most importantly, the teachers who fail to turn up on the first week of school, resulting to the early dismissal of classes. All of these are as exciting as they are boring and infuriating.
What boggles me the most is that classes do not start on the day it was announced to “start.” It is either because the teacher is not around or the room is not available. As a student who went to school only to know that there are no classes, I am left confused.
The delay of the “official” start of classes causes a lot of hassle for the students. How?
Time is wasted on traveling or walking to class. Other students have to travel to school and the time they spent on traveling could have been used for other fruitful activities.
Connected to that is the money that went to waste. Good for those students who live within or near the campus for they don’t have to spend a dime for transportation to school. For those who have to commute or spend money on gasoline, too bad they cannot get back the worth of the money they spent.
All of these made me question, why didn’t the university just announce for the classes to start next week knowing that teachers aren’t available yet and that students are still in the process of enrolling? I am only left with unanswered questions.
Aside from all that, surely there are reasonable explanations why they were not able to show up on the first day of class. After all, they are the ones that constantly remind the student of the importance of attendance, right? There also a lot of underlying factors that we have to take into consideration like the flow of enrolment, the number of students of students that want to be accommodated, and so much more.
Still, as students who are paying the school for their services, we also have to do our part. To get the worth of the money that our parents and ourselves pay the school, we have to use the resources that are provided for us within the campus.