The ideal situation for students is to attend class during the day, at
least for most of my fellow night students and I.
Many of us would like to go back to a time when classes actually
took place during the day, not at night, when all that’s on our minds
is food and getting home after a long day at work.
One of the first things I noticed as a night student was that for
day students, it’s much easier to pick which classes you need and want
As a night student, however, course registration becomes a problem
when the classes you need are only offered during the day. It’s
frustrating when you’re eagerly looking at the schedule of classes in
search for that one class that’ll get you into your senior year, but
never finding it.
Additionally, the university is not going to offer a class just so
one night student can take it. So we’re left to suffer, and we become
hopeful that one day, the class we need at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night
will finally be offered.
In the meantime, the best option night students have is to take as
many classes as we can. Get the rest of your classes out of the way
instead of waiting for that one super-desirable class to be offered in
But night students also have it hard because most night classes only
meet once a week. For many day classes, the course meets multiple times
throughout the week. As a result, students are pressured to retain the
information for a longer period of time. If you have a question, you
have to wait until your next class meeting, which could be six days
away. Calling a friend from class might help, but not if they are just
as confused as you are.
Calling a professor during office hours is difficult when you work
full time, which is the whole impetus for the night class thing in the
The best thing night students can do is to talk to professors and
let them know the situation. Most of the time, professors are very
understanding and will help night students succeed in the class.
Night students must also use their time wisely. Right after work,
there is a major rush to get to school on time, find a parking space,
and hopefully pick up a Jamba Juice for dinner.
Do class readings ahead of time. Finish homework during a quick
break at work and do whatever you can to stay on track with
Procrastinating will only make things worse, especially for night
students. We all know that the last thing students want to do at 10
p.m. is open up a textbook.
Most of the time, night students just want to get some rest before
the whole cycle starts up again in the morning.
Night students almost always miss the multitude of seminars, career
days and special classes offered by the university during the day.
There are a number of times when an advisor or a professor has
suggested to me an important meeting to attend, but I always give the
same response: ‘?Oh I can’t, I’m a night student and I’m not on campus
during those hours.’
Night students are missing out on that part of the whole college
experience. It would be nice to attend a club meeting or a career day
event, but unfortunately, it’s not possible.
While night school may not be the ideal, it is admittedly not the
absolute worst either.
Sure, you might not get the class you need to take this semester,
but day students have similar problems with classes being so packed
that they cannot register.
Night classes also aren’t that bad because there are less people on
campus, but even still, finding parking continues to be a problem.
Another good thing for night students is that we always have others
people in our same situation to talk to. It’s easy to talk to fellow
students because they’ll understand how you couldn’t make it to see
your counselor on time because you had a last minute meeting at work
before heading out the door.
They too work full time and are just as tired as you are, and are
just as eager to get a degree.