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Aaron Arellano
Staff Writer

With the spring 2020 semester in full swing, some University of La Verne students are vowing to strengthen their academic approach this semester.

The big habit they’re breaking: skipping class.

Students were open about their reasons for ditching class.

Sophomore psychology major Valentina Galioto shared what exactly went wrong last semester.

“I was just tired,” Galioto said. “I had a full schedule and I was working a lot. I did not have any motivation to do any of my work ahead of time. I procrastinated a lot.”

A heavy work load caused Galioto to miss more than one class session, she said.

Although missing classes due to a busy work schedule may come as no surprise, what may be surprising is how common it is for students to skip classes throughout their semester.

At least those interviewed last week.

Among them is sophomore kinesiology major Ahmad Bealey.

Although Bealey said he maintains above-average study habits for his major, he admitted his class attendance was not superb.

“Last semester, I kind of missed a few classes,” Bealey said. “Well, I actually missed a lot of classes. Most of my classes were morning classes, and I’m not much of a morning person.”

Bealey added that the solution is to attend class, study and apply himself more so he can pass these classes and move on.

Nathaniel Mendiola, sophomore history major, experienced similar struggles in one class last fall.

Mendiola, who is minoring in math, had poor attendance in a required math course last semester.

“I felt that the teacher’s teaching styles were not anywhere near compatible with my learning style,” Mendiola said.

Mendiola said that after failing that math class, he will try to approach professors’ teaching styles with a more open mind.

Sophomore business and computer science major Marwan Hassan, said he had trouble finding the motivation for perfect attendance.

“This semester I’m hoping to focus on academics a lot more than usual,” Hassan said.

“I’d rather suffer and learn in class than to play catch-up towards the end,” he added.

A short-term solution to this problem may be as simple as organizing class schedules better, Ngoc Bui, psychology professor and associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, said in an emailed interview.

“Being too overloaded with coursework is a valid reason for not being able to be successful, but I don’t think most students know how to organize their schedules appropriately or prioritize what is important,” Bui said.

However, to ultimately achieve success in school and after, Bui suggests a long-term plan. They should make school one of the highest priority, if not the highest priority.

“My advice is to reduce social media, streaming videos, and video game playing,” Bui said. “Instead students need to increase their reading and writing habits and increase time spent in and out of class talking to other students about the material, and sharing knowledge about careers and graduate school,” Bui said.

Bui said students should take advantage of the vast resources around them in the form of other students, faculty, and staff who can help them be successful academically.

Aaron Arellano can be reached at aaron.arellano@laverne.edu.

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