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Is the Key to Success Just Showing Up?

Giovanni Toribio, Staff Writer

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Just go to school, dude. It’s not that hard. Woody Allen is credited with remarking “80% of success is showing up.”

When a student decides to skip school, be absent from school without an excuse, or otherwise be truant, the student does not often consider the ramifications of the absence. The student’s academic and social standing is put on the line, and when the absences become excessive, those missed days and tardies show a lack of skill to show up on time, or at all, whenever priorities call.

An estimated five to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. That adds up to a year’s worth of absences by the time graduation rolls around. There is a correlation between student attendance and student achievement. A recent study looked at absenteeism in kindergarten and students’ repetitious absences were associated with negative first grade consequences such as greater absenteeism in the following years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.

With every day that students show up, they are being prepared for their future. School is meant to teach students invaluable finesses such as communication skills, discipline, organization, teamwork, critical thinking, and presentation, to reinforce an individual in their personal life and back them up in the workforce.

What is the difference between an excused and unexcused absence? An excused absence is an absence due to illness, medical, dental, or personal reasons as justified by a parent or legal guardian with the knowledge of school administrators. A student who stays away from school without leave or exception is an unexcused absence.

In California, a collection of three instances in a school year of unexcused absences or tardiness of thirty minutes or more without a valid excuse is considered a truancy.

Even excused absences should be kept to a bare minimum.

I have had a couple… well, a couple is an understatement. I’ve had 14 tardies, five truancies, and a heap of excused absences amounted to my name this past semester.

Doctor’s appointments, illnesses, and taking the occasional day vacation really took a toll on my academic standing, where I found myself faltering in two classes as a result of playing truant. Because of the holes in my attendance, I felt left behind, and found myself playing catch-up with my peers. Going to class began to feel like a lost, grudging routine, and thus began the cycle of my absenteeism.

Getting back on the feet of my attendance is as easy as realizing that going to school is not that hard.

Adopting a hopeful vision and better mindset about my future, guide me towards wanting to show up for school every day. Having a tough time getting up in the morning and crediting my tardies and absences to my exhaustion is a problem that can be ameliorated proper by sleeping earlier.

With a healthier rest, I’m able to stay awake, alert, and aware of what is being taught in front of me so that I could draw a new cycle of my success.

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Is the Key to Success Just Showing Up?