Ask me for my help, not my homework

Written By Dara Collins, Editor-Elect

When we were in high school, our camera rolls on our cell phones were filled with photos of our homework. Once we tapped on our gallery, row after row of math problems and writing assignments unfolded on the screen.

The meme on Twitter we occasionally scroll past reminds of this very common occurrence every now and again explaining “camera roll during summer vs. camera roll during school.”

It may not be summer, but we are in college now. We do not do that anymore – or at least, we shouldn’t.

Every student at this university is here for one collective reason: to receive an education to start a career.

Whether you major in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management (SAEM), Broadcast Reporting, Musical Theatre, Political Science or any of the other 76 majors at Point Park University, the major you chose or will switch to kick starts the rest of your life.

The homework we receive from professors in major-related courses relates to the material we are learning in class which relates to the field we will join upon graduating from this university.

One would think every student would want to take the time to thoroughly complete assignments and projects and understand a topic they hope to become an expert on.

On the other hand, I understand the Core Theme Courses may not relate to your major in any way, shape or form. Some of mine certainly haven’t related.

For instance, unless I end up working for an organization with a focus on science, I don’t need to master the terminology for physics, but that did not stop my NSET class from drilling velocity and acceleration into my brain.

Nonetheless, the core exists to give us a well-rounded education.

For the current academic year, undergraduate tuition at Point Park University is $29,980 for the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication and Education and is $38,220 for the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA). This does not include other additional fees such as the University, Activity, Technology and Health Services fees.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather not waste this monumental amount of money to coast through all my classes.

My advice to you: Ask for help if you don’t understand the material in any course you are in. But do not text the person you sit next to in class the night before an assignment is due for a photo of the homework in its entirety. That’s pure laziness.

Everyone attending college is busy. Student-athletes and students of every major in their X amount of extracurriculars have little free time during the week. This does not even include jobs, social lives and other personal matters.

If there is a free minute in  a busy schedule, the last thing a classmate wants to do is send a picture of a three-page assignment to “Person Next To Me In Math” at 3 a.m.

Personally, I bust my ass to maintain my GPA, and I find it incredibly unfair that someone could match my grades after they put in less than half the effort I have.

The bottom line is everyone must find time to complete their own work. It is the only way to truly learn and digest the material that will be utilized in our careers once we leave this campus.

There is no shame in asking for help, but there is shame in being a freeloader.