They Said What??

A tip to all students: stop making excuses, and get your work done!

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A tip to all students: stop making excuses, and get your work done!

Leia Betancourt, Features Editor

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Every Royal knows that there are not enough hours in the day to complete our to-do lists. School, on top of extracurriculars, can be a handful. Because of this we may be tempted to slack in some areas and make excuses to buy us some more time. Naturally, our teachers hear every excuse imaginable.

The Royal Reporter asked teachers to let us in on some of the most ridiculous excuses they’ve heard.

RR: What has been the craziest or worst excuse a student has given you, and how did you respond?

Mr. Chavez: I once had a student tell me that her coach told her the amount of work given was unreasonable.  She explained that’s why she wasn’t going to be passing a number of quizzes, because she wasn’t doing the reading. She said, “I didn’t read; my coach said it was too much.” And I responded with, “Well then you’re not going to do well on this part of the class.”

Ms. Nanry: Worst excuse for being tardy was that the Starbucks workers were moving too slow.

Mr. Clough: Honestly I just like when they step up and go, “I didn’t do it.” But there was this one time where a student told me, “I did it but I left it on the plane,”  and I thought, “Okay . . . sure.”

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Our lovely, Dean Nanry! 

 

RR: Were you the type of student to give a lot of excuses?

Mr. Chavez: When I was in grade school, I just chose not to do things, but that changed in high school. I would use my sport as an excuse, for example, and say, “Oh I had a game last night, so I couldn’t do the assignment.”

Ms. Nanry: Of course I was, that is why this position is so perfect for me.

Ms. D’Alba: No way, because my dad would have kicked my butt.

 

RR: Is it easy to catch onto a student’s excuse? How can you tell?

Mr. Chavez: I’m not as good at that as other teachers are, but the obvious ones are easy to figure out. If a student is going to use an excuse, I’m gonna take their word for it. I appreciate the honesty more, if they tell me “No I didn’t do it, I ran out of time.” I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Mr. Clough: Yes. They won’t make eye contact, or there will be a little hitch in the dialogue, where they will repeat “I” in their excuse.

Ms. D’Alba: Yes because I check Moodle. But I am gullible, which is why I rely on Moodle, because I do fall for every sob story. And that’s because I want everyone want to get an A.

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One of our cute, and trendy, Religion teachers, Ms. D’Alba.

Even though we’ve made a laugh out of these stories, it’s not recommended to make excuses!

 

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