Itâ€™s a matter of respect.
In some schools, arriving late to class is viewed seriously, with strict rules, late slips, detentions, and other penalties for those who are tardy too often. In other schools, these issues donâ€™t seem so important. Most students attend 6â€“8 classes each day, along with occasional assemblies, meetings, rehearsals, and practices. Itâ€™s a busy life, but itâ€™s also often repetitive. If your school doesnâ€™t stress the importance of arriving on time, itâ€™s easy to slip into the bad habit of thinking itâ€™s not really important.
However, in the real world, arriving on time can be very important. Some cultures value punctuality more than others, but in those cultures where itâ€™s important, arriving late can be a serious problem. Whatâ€™s the big deal about arriving late? Itâ€™s a sign of disrespect. A student who arrives late to class is sending a message to the teacher: â€œYou and your class are not very important to me, and making you and the rest of the class wait for me or disrupting the class by entering late is really not a problem, because you and my classmates are much less important than I am.â€
Later in life youâ€™ll be happy to have the habit of arriving on time when you have to get to work each day, attend business meetings, make appointments with doctors, lawyers, and bank officers, etc. Arriving on time for dates can be important, too. In each case, by arriving on time you send the message that you respect others and appreciate the value of their time and attention.
If you are in the habit of arriving late, start arriving on time today.