Features: The Best (Worst) Excuses for Missing Class

Let’s face it: we’ve all skipped class. Maybe once, maybe twice… Maybe a handful of times. Either way, we’ve all been there. Whether it’s hitting the snooze button over and over again, wanting to enjoy the warm weather at Livermore River with friends, or getting lost buried beneath a pile of work due that day, the “standard” excuses just don’t seem to cut it anymore.

PSU students’ creativity knows no boundaries when it comes to reasons for not going to class. Now, soon-to-be graduates weigh in to reveal their best (worst) advice. Underclassmen, take note.

The classic excuse is to blame it on the family. Be careful with this one though—karma finds everyone. Ryan Curtin, a Senior Environmental Science major, said he hasn’t skipped class often, but when he has, he’ll say he has “personal family matters.” This way, “there aren’t any repercussions. Professors won’t ask questions and I won’t have to live with the guilt of faking a death in the family. No one wants that,” said Curtin.

A little more practical excuse is the age-old car trouble. Of course, having a car and living off-campus are musts. Even if the criteria isn’t entirely believable, give it the old college try. Tommy Silva, a Senior Finance major, said that, “in the past, I’ve used that my car won’t start and therefore I can’t get to class… even though I live on campus.” There’s an “A” for effort.

Sickness is another classic reason. After all, the infamous “Plymouth Plague” has kept many students away from the classroom. When springtime rolls around and the plague has left campus, sometimes being explicit is necessary. Senior English major, Annette Maheu said, “[having] explosive diarrhea” may be her best excuse yet. No further questions needed— not a single professor will want to know the details. 

There are even the rare and the bold who will show no remorse. While some thought and planning may be involved in their decision, ultimately these students won’t even bother coming up with an excuse. “Strategic skips are ideal. If I know I’m not going to fall behind if I miss a class, then I just won’t show up,” said TJ Palmer, a Senior Meteorology major. Honestly counts for something, right?  

Of course, we should always be wary of the classes we skip. We may have those days when we need to do what we have to do, but we shouldn’t let skipping become a habit. Education is valuable, and every class counts and costs (big time). So, if you have to, make those excuses count, too.


Published in Plymouth State University's newspaper, The Clock