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OP-ED: The Adults in this Class Should Have to Take the Midterm too


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Midterms are a double-edged sword. Sure, they aren’t fun at all sometimes, but other times they are! I, for one, enjoy the sense of comradery that has been built between me and some of my friends because of the classes we had to endure together. All of the late nights, monster energy drink in right hand, laptop in left hand, and sadness on face. 

Because of this, I am sad. I am sad that not all of my classmates get to partake in the same activities as I do. That’s right, the adults sitting in the last row of this classroom should have to take the midterm too. Why should Harold, who yes may have retired from a full-time job and just wants to learn art history for fun, be deprived of that stress formed community as well? 

I really care about the auditors in my class and feel they are being cheated out of the full college experience by not having to take the midterm. And besides, without the key knowledge gained by studying, how are they even supposed to complete the recitation assignments?

Wait a minute, they don’t even have to go to recitation either??