I used to skip class all the time. Back then no one cared as long as your assignments were turned in on time and you took the exams. Attendance wasn't a requirement as it is nowadays.
Yep. That was a bit of a shock for me since in High School they very much cared. LOL
Actually, the most shocking moment was when I realized that it really was up to me to make it in the classes and whether I failed or succeeded the school would go on, the teachers would go on, regardless. They might care but I wasn't there for them, I was there for me. I remember the moment it crystallized for me, too.
I was deathly ill one semester (hospitalized and then sent home to my parents) and I tried getting notification to all my college professors that I would be missing at least a week of school. One of them (my favorite one in fact) seemed genuinely puzzled as to why I had called. His response:
1. Was I planning on getting notes from a classmate? Yes. Great.
2. Was I feeling better and expected to recover? Yes. Great.
3. Have I ever failed to turn in an assignment? No. Great.
4. So why are you telling me you are going to miss class? I figure you show up, you gain knowledge. You fail to show up, then it is up to you to seek out the knowledge you missed. Its up to you whether you make the effort to learn anything in my class or not. You don't want to be there, then don't come. You CAN'T be there, then o.k. just make up the missing work. I don't need a phone call unless you are not coming back or you have a question.
Oh....uh...o.k. Sorry to have bothered you, sir.
I was seriously in shock that a professor just really had put it all on me. My responsibility. I was not there to please him. He would continue to do his job whether I showed up or not, whether I made up the missing work or not. It was actually a pretty pivotal moment. It made me actually MORE responsible for getting assignments in, etc., because it finally hit me that I wasn't in college for my parents or my teachers, I was there for me and it was up to me to succeed or fail and it would be my future I was impacting, not theirs. I'm sure if someone had asked me in High School I would have said those words and thought I understood them. I honestly didn't though. I had not really, truly internalized it until that moment.