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Don't be a lazy college kid

By The Editors
On April 25, 2012

"College is a place filled to the brim with activities, organizations, and opportunities to make yourself a more well-rounded member of society."  We've all heard some variation of this statement in the naïve, adolescent years prior to becoming a collegiate student. And, yes, it's 100 percent true, especially at UW-La Crosse.  We are, in my opinion, quite fortunate  that our school offers such an expansive variety of extracurricular to broaden our horizons and add bulk to resumes, as well as create lasting relationships. Developing skills, such as teamwork, aid us greatly in future endeavors,  not only affecting our mentality now but it stays with us for years to come. From Rainbow Unity to Student Senate to Intramural Volleyball, any student can discover or strengthen a niche.

Although these are great enterprises that all students have access to, an alarming quantity of individuals do not choose to acknowledge one very simple concept: commitment.  When an individual intends  to join a specific group, it should be previously understood that said person has determined that there will be time and effort set aside from his or her schedule to devote to that organization.  Considering there are other students involved and making sacrifices for the sake of whichever group you have become a member of, it's not only inconsiderate to current members to flake but it also reflects badly upon one's personal integrity.

Dedicating yourself to a group of other hardworking individuals knowing there is a decent chance that you will blow it off is unfair to you and the other participants. It is unfair to yourself since you are missing out on  experiences, and unfair to your peers since it is more than likely that it will be required of them to pick up your slack, which means wasting more of their time and their effort. It's understandable when it is a rare coincidence.  You came down with the flu or have three tests occurring the next day.  It is when you make your absence a recurring theme that it becomes a problem and, quite  frankly, rude and ridiculous.

We are all adults, transitioning from the laid back, buoyant days of high school into the studious, demanding years of college.  At this point in our lives, we are being handed the tools to prepare ourselves for a harsh and strained labor market.  Besides the obvious, like showing up for classes and completing tasks well to ensure successful grades, organizations and on-campus jobs help to create more employable and versatile future members of society.  And we need all the fillers we can get for  our resumes.  Which also feature references.  If a person was employed on campus, and was rarely on time or even showed up, do you think the overseeing administrator of that job is going to give an excellent review of his/her performance? Absolutely not.  By disregarding your responsibilities, you have offended those you work with and have, in some cases, jeopardized great enterprises for yourself.

All I'm saying is, while I promote joining groups and applying for jobs in your areas of interest, I highly recommend not initiating that commitment if you are not fully invested.  Bottom line is that it is not fair to others and may very well create malicious relationships and distrust.  Do not sever ties with those who could help you in the future, and show some work ethic and respect.


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