I'm growing increasingly frustrated with the entering freshman classes here at my university. The lack of respect, the lack of courtesy, the presumption that they own ALL of my time, not taking responsibility for their own education, not writing down assignments, continually asking what's due when, asking what did they miss when they were gone...
I love the transformation that occurs during the 1st year of college. I enjoy being part of that process, and since I am a younger professor, I have a soft spot for these young people. But the assumptions they make are just so aggravating.
I gave an exam on Monday which 2 students missed. One student missed because "she felt a little sick" and wanted to know when she could make it up. (She talked to me Tuesday.) I didn't give the other student an opportunity to explain herself because she was silly enough to ask DURING class if she could make up her exam. Unfortunately, that put me in the position of having to "make an example" of these folks. I told them to look at my syllabus - it's pretty CLEAR what constitutes an excused absence from an exam.
I'm so frustrated and am perhaps starting to lose my enthusiasm for this age group. Any advice?
Wow, what an uplifting first post from me, eh?