This is for any groups, professors, workplaces, friends, family, and Campus events that I’ve ever gone to, known, or had con- tact with. Hi, my name is Adam, and sometimes I’m late. Sometimes I sleep in an extra 30 minutes or an hour and I get places slightly late with really wet hair. Occasionally I turn a homework assignment in at 10 a.m. the next morning when it was supposed to be done at midnight the night before. Every once in awhile I will miss a group project or a family gathering because I’ve forgotten or I just can’t get there in time. Sometimes, I’m late.
But, to whomever may be reading this and thinking that I’m trying to make excuses for missing or coming late to something that they’re putting on, know that I’m definitely not. For Campus events, groups, professors, and work, I understand that you’re passionate about what it is that you do. I get that you take a lot of pride in having things done a certain way, and deadlines and time-limits are a good way to go about making sure everything runs smoothly. But sometimes time-limits are hindrances that people can’t get around. Why is it so important that something be done or at- tended on-time that you would exclude people from doing them if they’re not in that limit? As an Education Major, I’d much prefer my students turning papers into me late than never receiving their papers at all, and I feel the same should be said of college professors and faculty in other workings on campus. As a Student Manager, I’d prefer that the employees come in late rather than deciding that they’ll just be punished and not coming in at all.
To friends and family who may think that my not showing up on time, or not being able to stay up late into the night to hang out means that I don’t like them. That is not true. Sometimes there is homework to be done, work to be attended or events that need my presence. I know that family, friends and relationship should be some of the most important things in life, but after paying so much money to be at Hope College, I’m adamant about trying to make sure that everything is done before I spend time frivolously with people.
Despite the adage that every millennial is a lazy bum trying to live off of their parents or the “system,” that’s not true. Being at an expensive college means that there are a lot of things to balance. A full load of classes with the additional homework, studying and papers, multiple jobs, required out-of-class events, time with friends and a relationship to boot is so much to handle while still trying to get enough sleep to function and do it all again the next day. If I accidentally sleep an extra hour and make it to your event or meeting 10 minutes late, it’s not because I hate your group or have some vendetta against you, it’s be- cause I probably slept four hours the night before, and not due to partying or anything irresponsible, but because I was trying to finish the homework that my class assigned to me two days before after my laptop decided to stop working.
I don’t hate you, there are just always too many things that are being thrown of so many students here, and sometimes we just need to take just a little while longer to process it. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s rolling into classes a few minute late, turning papers in a few hours after their final deadline or missing your meeting. I’m sorry it’s late.