Saturday, June 2, 2012

“You get 10 points just for showing up.”

When I was in college, there were two types of classes: ones that graded attendance and the ones that didn’t. As soon as you had that syllabus in your hand, you’re flipping to the page about how the class is graded. Seemingly, your feelings about the class hinge on whether or not you will be forced to attend in order to attain the grade you desire.
Should your final grade be determined by an arbitrary class meeting or your academic prowess? When I was younger (and way more cocky about my academic abilities) I would fervently argue to anyone who would listen about how it is ridiculous that higher institutions would be more concerned with attendance than academic performance.  I mean, isn’t it more important that I am smart? Maybe I don’t need to attend every class to learn the course content-let the people who need class go and I will just attend when it fits in my schedule. Let the people have their ten points, since that must be the only way they can make the grade.
What a way to be. So sure, so independent, so confident that academic success lies solely within.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized why this grading policy was so important. Sometimes, the biggest learning process of all takes place within a group context. Are you making a commitment to just do the job? Or be part of the team? Within an organization, it’s easy to point out people who you feel are not as good at the job as you are, however, it is important to ask yourself, “Have they always showed up? Have you always showed up?”
Showing up and being present is a huge part of being successful at any job. Regardless of your education and experiences, you can’t successfully push forward and accomplish bigger things if you are not making an effort to be part of the team and show up.
Besides, 10 points can really add up…

This blog was posted by a guest blogger, Kristen Keyes. Check out her bio below...
Kristen graduated from Towson University and holds a Bachelor of Health Science, with a concentration in Community Health Education. She brings 10 years of retail experience, 8 of which come from Whole Foods Market, as a buyer and a healthy eating educator. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in School Counseling from Loyola University.

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