A waiter who served us at a restaurant tonight told me he used to study history at my university. And now he’s a waiter.
We have very high dropout rates, unfortunately. And I have no idea what can be done to impress upon our students how absolutely crucial it is for them to take their studies seriously. There are so many among them who plagiarize, cheat, copy-paste and so few who do extra readings and abstain from asking “will this be on the test?”
Our university serves mostly students from very humble backgrounds. Coming to us is a real opportunity for them, yet many don’t seem to understand it.
P.S. I cut my night short, left my coffee unfinished and rushed home because a student emailed me the final exam 27 hours after the due date and is inundating me with hysterical messages about all the reasons why that is my fault. So now I have to grade the exam and change the student’s final grade online.