Writing essays, doing group projects, and creating presentations are designed to show student creativity.
But the area where that creativity shines the most happens to be when a student needs to come up with a quick justification for skipping class.
These are their stories.
- Let’s start with Brittany Mojo, a ceramics teacher. A student told her that their fifth wheel got stuck in a ditch.
- Doug Highland, a photography teacher, tells about a student who, “left their bicycle on the front of the bus and had to run around campus after it.”
- Julie Hoffman, a math teacher, had a student say that their water broke. Saved by the baby.
- “She had to take care of her baby kangaroo,” said Greg Baxley, a chemistry professor.
- Wendy Denzel, a math teacher, tells about a student whose grandmother passed away. For the fourth time.
- Jeff Grover, a geology teacher, said he heard a story about a student who said she was late because her pet monkey was sick. While she was driving to the vet, the monkey climbed on top of her and peed. Everywhere.
- Kathryn Robasciotti, an American Sign Language teacher, tells about a student whose excuse was that they overslept. Easy-to-believe excuse for an 8 a.m. class, harder-to-believe excuse for her 4 p.m. class.
- Mark Weber, a history professor, said he had a student say their puppy got it’s head stuck in a jar. They had pictures to prove it!
- Tom Patchell, an English professor, taught a student that said they missed class because someone stole their doorknob off of their door and they couldn’t leave the house.
- Mark Turner, a math professor, tells about a student that had rats eat the wiring of her car.
Probably wasn’t a very mice way to start their day.