Work. A conversation.

Wasting time in every class makes no sense.

No one goes out for football, but doesn’t like football, and therefore goofs off in every practice and game.

But that’s different, Mr. Huhn. No one is required to go out for football. I am required to go to class. Even if I don’t like it.

Fine. Let’s use another example. You probably do not like going to the dentist, yet you must. And when you go to the dentist, you do not waste time and goof off and make everything take longer for everyone else.

But that’s different, too, Mr. Huhn. I only go to the dentist twice a year, but I have to come to school every weekday. And this is the 13th year of it!

First, I hear ya. Thirteen years of sitting is a tough sell.

Second, aha. Now we have arrived at the heart of the matter. You have a decision to make: either don’t come to class, and instead follow your bliss. Or be positive and productive during class. Any other decision is as absurd as the two scenarios I mentioned above.



  1. Perhaps it all comes down to selfishness… the ol’ “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee,” syndrome. You are right. To everything there is a season and school-time is listen, learn, and respond appropriately.

  2. Love this quote from a new book on Dissertations by Sonja Foss and William Waters: “Academia is a conversation about ideas, and you are able to contribute ideas to a conversation about ideas, and you are able to contribute ideas to a conversation as well as anyone else… it’s simply a matter of practice!” (p. 5). Wow, that puts in on an exciting level, doesn’t it?

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