There were students who left for Thanksgiving break last week. Seriously.
I'm all for taking time to be with your family, but that's why the school gives you Wednesday - Sunday off. Did these same students who celebrate Thanksgiving for 10+ days really feel this is "the" holiday worthy of missing numerous classes? Isn't this the holiday where just a few short years prior they were begging their parents to leave following the pie (so they didn't have to do dishes or answer another question about which college they were going to attend)?
I do understand the students who left this morning to beat the anticipated snow storm, that's fair. But those who sent the, "I'm not going to be in class do to family reasons (yeah, it's called Thanksgiving and we all are experiencing it too)." followed by, "Is there anything I'm going to miss?" NO - I never do anything in class, I'm just running the classes the week before TG for my own benefit.
Oh real world, please be kind to these poor souls. They have no clue that you don't actually take off work for your birthday (let alone celebrate an entire birthday week); need to be showered, dressed and actually to your desk before 9 a.m. even if you had to stay up late the night before; or might actually have to "work" on the days that were given off while in school.
I am assistant professor in the Journalism & Public Relations department at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.