There are a variety of reasons not to neglect your studies in university. Nonetheless, it’s common for students to loss track of their priorities throughout the term. In fact, most people have difficulties with organizing their life and completing tasks. Adults might struggle to finish a project for work, fail to meet exercise goals, or get too little sleep.
Everyone makes excuses about why they neglect certain things, and sometimes there are reasonable explanations. The problem is, however, that sometimes life is just difficult. Even if you are busy with work, family, friends, and other things, university is still important. If you are attending university, you’re investing money and time that can be put to good use.
Neglecting one’s studies takes a variety of forms – perhaps too many to list. Some examples of neglect include procrastination, skipping class, failing to complete assignments, not reading assigned material, and just “not putting 100% into your work.” University admissions seek to ensure quality students. This means that many of the students at a university will be academically skilled, and some of these students may do well without much effort.
Unfortunately, a failure to “work hard” will usually catch up with you. People tend to seek out careers that they find interesting and challenging. Although some highly intelligent people may enjoy working as a janitor, it’s probably not the ideal career for everyone. It’s easier for an Einstein to get bored, so to speak. This is well documented by psychologists who study gifted students in the classroom. They often report boredom, depression, and other symptoms that may relate to their studies being too easy. Although some students may be satisfied with slacking off in their youth, this doesn’t guarantee they will always feel that way. Most people look back on their life and regret times when they failed to commit themselves to something.
University grades can provide a stepping stone for a career as well as admissions into additional programs. You might think you want to be a teacher and determine that if you acquire a 75% average, you will get into the school you seek. You might be capable of 95% and decide to apply for medical school. Society needs teachers, doctors, janitors, and all kinds of professionals. You should work hard to keep your options open and feel proud of your accomplishments.
What does neglecting your studies get you? Well, procrastination makes it easier to finish tasks “at the last minute.” The reason it’s easier is the deadline creates stress. Some stress motivates you, but for most people, stress isn’t something they need more of in life. When an assignment is due in three weeks, you can spend two weeks feeling guilty over not working on it. Alternatively, you can complete the assignment early (likely get a better grade), be less stressed, and more thoroughly enjoy yourself. It’s been shown that people enjoy things less when they feel they should be doing something else. It’s better to say “I’m going to allow myself to have fun because I deserve it” than feel guilty about an upcoming assignment. Completing that assignment can also provide a means of justifying your reward. After all, life is often so hectic that there is always another assignment you “could be doing.” At least when you make significant progress, you can periodically celebrate.
Furthermore, accomplishments mean more when you put more of yourself into something. If you can get 90% in a class without trying, you will probably feel good about yourself. And that’s not a bad thing. However, much of the satisfaction may result from knowing you accomplished something other people can’t (despite the fact that they might have tried harder). Life isn’t fair, but judging yourself based on your superiority may lead to similarly judging yourself based on the superiority of others. Eventually, you’re likely to find someone who outshines you in specific areas. You should seek to evaluate your accomplishments based on your own capability. A VCR is good if it plays tapes. Nobody expects it to play DVDs. Look at yourself and what you can achieve, then work towards it. Many philosophers have argued that people should pursue excellence in their life. Whenever you do something, you should put your full capabilities into the task.
Neglecting your studies at university can result in the problems mentioned, but such problems may seem distant or abstract. There are more concrete worries that come with neglecting your studies. If you fail to meet certain standards, you can be penalized by academic policies – and even removed if you neglect your studies enough. Relationships with professors can be damaged, and they may teach you courses in your later years. University isn’t a place where you slack off the first two years then decide to work hard. Every year is important, even if some places weigh later years more significantly for graduate admissions (or other programs). Stress can build up and create health problems. Depression is incredibly high amongst university students and stress is a contributing factor here. Perhaps worst of all, for many people, is the financial costs. University courses are expensive, and if you aren’t going to get the most from your investment, why are you there in the first place?