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  • Hey, what's up guys?

  • So today we are tackling the age old question,

  • is it ever worth it to skip a class?

  • Now, you're probably expecting me to say something like,

  • "Always go to class, eat your vegetables, I'm your dad,"

  • because I have a beard and I'm probably a bit older than you

  • but if I said that this video would be five seconds long

  • and it probably wouldn't be worth your click.

  • So instead let's look at this a little bit more objectively

  • because this is a question about skipping classes, yes

  • but it's also a more general question

  • about opportunity costs.

  • So let's get this out of the way right up front.

  • If you're in high school,

  • I'm not going up against the truancy laws here.

  • You should go to class, just deal with it.

  • Yeah it sucks sometimes.

  • Go to class if you're in high school.

  • If you're in college though,

  • the question becomes a little bit different

  • because in college now you're an adult,

  • you can make your own choices,

  • and you are choosing to pay money for more education

  • that is not legally required of you.

  • And that's the big thing here.

  • You're choosing to pay money for these classes

  • and every class you decide to skip costs you money,

  • and in fact, using some simple math we can break down

  • exactly how much money you're throwing away

  • if you decide to skip a class.

  • So let's say you're going to a university

  • like the one I went to

  • which charges a flat rate per semester

  • instead of charging per credit.

  • And let's also say

  • you're taking the standard 15 credit per semester load,

  • which means you're gonna have five three-credit classes,

  • each of which meet three times a week

  • and an average rate for semester tuition at this point

  • is about $4,000 for in-state public tuition

  • so we're gonna use that here.

  • So breaking all that down your cost per credit

  • is $266.67, which means each three-credit class

  • ends up being about $800

  • and since you're gonna go to each of those classes 48 times

  • over the course of the semester,

  • that means you end up with a per class cost of $16.67.

  • Meaning every single time you decide to skip a class

  • by the straight math you are throwing away $17

  • that you already paid

  • and you're no long getting the value for.

  • That example is the simple math-based way to put it

  • but it breaks down

  • when we consider a couple of other things.

  • Number one being not every class is considered equal.

  • For one, you're gonna have general education classes

  • which you don't care about as much as your major classes

  • and then for each individual class

  • you're gonna have certain sessions that are really important

  • because they're either tests

  • or the professor's giving away some vital information

  • you need for the tests

  • or on certain days you're just gonna have classes

  • that go over like edge cases or case studies

  • or something you really don't need to know about

  • in the future.

  • So, each class

  • is not gonna be worth as much as the other one

  • and furthermore, you need to think about

  • what the actual value of these classes is

  • because the value isn't the time you spend

  • sitting in the seat.

  • The value actually is the signalling value

  • your degree is going to give to potential employers

  • in the future.

  • Basically saying this person is qualified

  • to do the job they wanna do

  • and also the knowledge and skills

  • that your classes and your other college experiences

  • are gonna give you,

  • which will help you get those jobs as well.

  • Basically, your focus should be on the value of each class

  • as it applies to your earning potential in the future

  • because, make no mistake about it,

  • college is a business decision.

  • It's an investment on your part.

  • You're choosing to spend thousands of dollars

  • to sit in classes and take tests

  • and you're also choosing to sacrifice

  • many years of your life

  • that you could be otherwise working and making money,

  • and this is where the opportunity cost comes in.

  • You're sacrificing one thing of value

  • to gain something else.

  • So the earnings you make in the future from college

  • eventually need to outpace what you could've done otherwise.

  • This is the financial ROI, or return on investment.

  • And yeah, college gives you other benefits.

  • You learn things, you gain experiences, you meet new people,

  • but as Matt Damon so eloquently put it

  • in Good Will Hunting, "You coulda gotten all that

  • "for a dollar fifty in late fees at the library."

  • So, we're not gonna get off into the weeds

  • about all that stuff.

  • We're just gonna keep the focus on the financial ROI here.

  • Keeping that in mind, for any particular class

  • what's gonna happen if you skip it?

  • Well, you might miss some vital information

  • that's gonna be really important on a test

  • or maybe you miss a test altogether

  • and that's gonna lead to a lower GPA down the line.

  • You also might form a negative perception

  • in the mind of your professor if you skip

  • and they're gonna think you're like some sort of lazy,

  • entitled millennial

  • and they're gonna shake their fist at you

  • and tell you to get off their lawn,

  • or maybe nothing's gonna happen, who knows?

  • On the other side of the equation though

  • you have to ask, "What am I gaining by skipping class?"

  • Because money isn't the only cost.

  • There's another cost to your classes and that's your time.

  • Yeah, you're paying tuition dollars

  • but you're also using 45 minutes of your precious time

  • every day that you walk into that classroom.

  • So what could you gain if you use that time somewhere else?

  • If you're just feeling lazy

  • and you really don't wanna go to class

  • I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that's a good decision

  • because frankly it's not.

  • You've already committed resources

  • and it's a waste of your money and time

  • to throw away those resources

  • because you don't feel like it.

  • You probably know how I feel about not feeling like it.

  • But, if there's something else that you can do

  • instead of going to class and it's valuable to you

  • then that changes the situation significantly.

  • For example, when I was a senior

  • I actually skipped about three days of class

  • to go down to Texas for an event called Finish Up Weekend.

  • This was basically an event where lots of creative people

  • came into one space

  • and they were all working as hard as they possibly could

  • to finish up a lot of cool projects

  • and they were helpin' each other out

  • and I met a lot a cool people during that event,

  • people who I still talk to today,

  • and I also learned how to build iPhone apps in one weekend

  • through a course that somebody pointed me to

  • and for me, that was way, way more valuable

  • than a few computer networking classes.

  • Also, during my freshman year

  • I skipped a few of my general education classes

  • that were just not useful to me

  • and some days I would just schedule extra part-time work,

  • make a little bit of extra money,

  • and I would just keep my eye on the syllabus

  • to make sure I wasn't skipping any important days.

  • Though, for those of you who are thinking

  • this is an endorsement of skipping class

  • and who wanna follow my footsteps,

  • here are a couple of caveats.

  • Number one, I will say that after my freshman year

  • I made it a point to always attend class

  • and I never skipped class again other than those times

  • where there was a really important thing to go to

  • like the Texas trip.

  • And number two,

  • I really recommend getting to know your professors,

  • introducing yourselves to them

  • at the beginning of the semester, and if you do this

  • there's a higher likelihood

  • that your professor's gonna notice if you're gone.

  • So if you're skipping because you're lazy

  • or you just wanna sleep in,

  • you're not gonna make a good impression.

  • Anyway, those are the facts.

  • That's all I've really got to say about this

  • and it really comes down to your own values and priorities

  • and your own decision if you wanna skip class or not.

  • It's an opportunity cost decision

  • and you need to weigh the costs and the benefits.

  • However, if you're gonna skip class at least do it smart.

  • Have a friend who can fill you in on any details

  • or maybe let you copy the notes

  • and make sure you're staying as up to date

  • on the out-of-class work as you can

  • so you're not falling behind.

  • You also wanna gauge the class to see if what's on the test

  • is kinda mirrored from the textbook

  • or if there's a lot of really vital information

  • you can only get in lectures.

  • And lastly, make sure you're paying attention

  • to the syllabus as much as you can

  • and write down any test dates, quiz dates, or homework dates

  • in your calendar, I mean, you should be doing this anyway,

  • but if you're gonna skip it's vitally important,

  • like doubly so.

  • Though I will say that it's not foolproof

  • because I've had times

  • where the professor's had to change the location

  • or the time or the date of a test

  • and they've only told the people

  • who were in the lecture hall.

  • So, if you're gonna skip a class

  • there's inherent risk built into it no matter what you do,

  • no matter what you do to mitigate that risk

  • there's gonna be some there.

  • So, just keep that in mind.

  • And one last thing, if you're gonna be going to a class

  • where you have to work on a group project

  • don't skip, don't be a jerk.

  • Right there, yeah.

  • Anyway guys, thank you so much for watching.

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  • There's also an article for this video

  • with a little bit more detail and some more examples

  • I didn't put into the video.

  • So click the orange button right there to watch it.

  • And if you missed last week's video

  • we discussed the topic of brain enhancing music

  • and talked a bit about whether or not it works,

  • dug into the science a bit,

  • so check it out if you missed it.

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  • Thanks for watching.

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