One of my goals this semester was perfect attendance, but when the day was done, I didn’t quite make it.
I actually missed my first three classes way back on Wednesday, November 13th. I had a 172 homework assignment due that due that was giving me fits, and by 10 am that morning I hadn’t made much progress. Instead of go to class and split my attention between lecture and my homework, I decided to stay home and focus on my assignment. I’m going to console myself that I missed those classes because I was working on a homework assignment.
Looking back now, I never would have made that choice. The assignment was due at 2:30 (the beginning of class), but I figured I had until 4pm (the end of class) to turn it in. At 3:30 I only had three questions answered. I needed to turn in what I had, so I started out the door for a brisk walk up campus to Soda. When I got to Hearst and Euclid at 3:55, I got vaguely worried when I saw a few of my classmates walking onto campus. When I got to Soda, I found the classroom empty, and the teacher gone. I don’t know if my clocks were off or what, but that finding incredibly frustrated me.
I suppose I could have tried to email the instructor to turn in the assignment, but between only having three of the problems done, and not wanting to contest the instructor’s “no late homework” policy, I didn’t bother.
To make things worse, that night, I had a Ling 106 assignment to do that also gave me fits. In retrospect, I suspect going to my 106 discussion that day would have helped me significantly in writing that assignment.
Just as I predicted, once I missed one class, I missed many more by the end of the semester. I missed two more 106 discussions, missed a 172 discussion, and missed every 160 discussion. I also missed every one of the last four 160 lectures, and 3 out of 4 of my last 172 discussions.
But, I went to every Ling 106 lecture this semester. Of course, Shannon claimed that I missed a lecture at Raleigh’s after Ling on Thursday, but Jeremy backed up my claim of perfect Lakoff attendance.
I’m pretty sure that I never managed perfect attendance in even a single class before, so attending every Lakoff lecture feels like at least a partial success in my goal of perfect attendance this semester.