For years, teachers have defended their workloads by claiming it as being "preparation for the real world."
However, when students reach 300- or 400- level classes, they are expected to perform at a professional level for every project they are assigned. By itself this is not a terrible thing, as professional pressure can help improve work performance.
But, what professors seem to not understand is the fact that many classes require this type of workload. Even with taking the minimum of 12 credit hours to remain a full-time student, that is still four classes that professors expect to be first priority with quickly turned around, professional-grade projects. These types of expectations are unfair for students because if this was the “real world,” we would have one job to focus on—no extra curriculars and no homework— and we would be paid.
SFA urges students to try and be involved with the school, so being a student involved with many organizations is not only encouraged, but also sometimes expected. With so many clubs to choose from, joining more than one is easy and helps give students a support group and extra confidence in their school lives. It is proven that if a student is involved on campus, grades go up. On top of classes, many students work to support themselves in college or to earn extra spending money.
Students are also encouraged to take care of their physical and mental health at the rec center and SFA counseling services that are provided on campus. With all of this to juggle, professors still expect multiple professional work loads to be completed.
If only one professor expected the work, then it would be done in a timely fashion without complaints. However, with each teacher expecting the same from every student, it is easy to feel tired and bogged down with responsibilities. Yes, it may sound like whining, but try and imagine a student’s position.
Many of them are trying to do their best in their classes while juggling a social life, clubs and taking care of themselves. It is no wonder so many students in college face problems like anxiety and severe stress.
The easiest way to solve this is to spread out projects in a way that gives students enough time to complete them for their specific professor’s class. This would allow students more time to work and perfect their projects, resulting in better grades. This small change will help their attitudes toward the projects, as well.
With multiple teachers trying to give real-life experiences, many students feel like they may have too many realities to deal with. Students should instead feel supported and given time to improve. Whenever students are not given adequate time to look over their work and see what can be better, they will not get a chance to grow. The purpose of “real-life” projects is to test the ability to work under pressure, but when you have multiple “real- life” projects, you don’t get a chance to properly do that.
Instead, many students get a chance to be stressed out and frustrated with the teacher and themselves. More time and patience is needed for students to learn from their projects. Maybe instead of expecting students to focus all of their energy and teach themselves how to navigate around the real professional world, guide them through the experience.