Freshman Seminar is a class put in place to help incoming freshmen easily transition from high school to college and prepare students to enter the real world. A passing grade in the class is required for students to graduate (which explains why you might see a senior in your freshman seminar class). Although the course carries a reputation of being considered an “easy A”, seeing so many upperclassmen who aren’t transfer students retaking the class suggests something is wrong. It’s ignorant to assume all students have a lack of interest to turn assignments in or feel that the class is just a waste of time. However, balancing the workload and obligations that come with being in Freshman Seminar can be difficult.
During the first weeks of class, the instructor goes over the syllabus, the countless amount of homework assignments, and how many required events each student has to attend in order to pass. It’s almost as if the teacher doesn’t realize you have 15 other credits to worry about. The Jag Plan is supposed to be used as a log for your progress on attending a mandatory event. However, when it’s turned in incomplete or not turned in at all, your chances of failing the class are more than likely, even with completing all classwork and homework assignments.
As students we have many responsibilities, and even with those responsibilities we still like to have time to ourselves. With all these extra and superfluous assignments it is hard to stay balanced when it comes to homework. You might find yourself in a predicament where you have; two homework assignments due at midnight, an online quiz that takes an hour and a half, and then find yourself stuck at a mandatory event that lasts two hours going from 6:30pm to 8:30pm where you cannot get your Jag Plan signed until the absolute end, forcing you to stay for the whole event. In my experience, my Freshman Seminar class gave me far too much work. I personally had class all day on Mondays and Wednesdays, so when it came to mandatory events during the day I could not attend them.
What would be a solution to having less upperclassmen in a freshman seminar class? As students, we need to take more personal accoubtability and responsibility. We are guilty of procrastination and poor time management. Completing assignments is extremely important, but we need to give ourselves more time to actually complete them entirely. (Even though this could be hard to do if most of your school work comes from a freshman seminar class…)
In Freshman Seminar, there is much talk about time management. There has even been a book given to students called 7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students, that is supposed to help us to become better students. Even though we learn about the habits, we do not normally apply them when it actually comes to completing assignments or attending events.
Freshman Seminar instructors should stop giving so many assignments and should not require us to attend so many events so we can have more time to focus on more major classes. Students should stop procrastinating and use better time management. Maybe, just maybe, you would see less upperclassmen in a freshman class.