by Emily Dimytosh, PLA Team Leader
In budgeting for the winter semester, I came across an interesting revelation: concerts and university lectures have a lot in common.
Both concerts and university lectures cost a lot. Case in point: a night out at the movies at the Empire Theatre under the Student Deal, is about $11.75. That’s a drink, popcorn, and two hours of movie for $11.75. At an hourly rate, its about $6.75/hour of entertainment.
With $5,000 tuition to Arts and Science giving me 5 courses, that’s about $1000 per course. Each course has three hours of lecture a week for 12 weeks which is 36 hours of class. That’s $27/hour – Almost 4 times the cost per hour of going to a movie!
Skipping the night out entirely In reflecting on my less-than-perfect attendance record for the Fall semester, I was now in disbelief! I would never consider buying a movie ticket, and then not going to the movie. That would be a waste of money! Yet, I often would not give a second thought to skipping a lecture, which cost me 4 times the price of a movie.
Texting during the show In thinking about going to the movies, I would also never sign up to go to a movie, pay for the incredibly expensive drink, popcorn, and ticket, and then sit in the theatre texting, being on facebook, or checking emails. Again, that would be a waste of my money and likely a distraction to my fellow viewers. So, I was left to wonder, why did I balk at texting in a $6/hour movie but not in a $27/hour lecture?
Seating Arrangements Last but not least, I got to thinking about seating arrangements. Now if I were going to movie, and got stuck sitting in the back with an awful view of the screen and left unable to actually hear what the actors were saying, I would likely try to refund my ticket. I would complain to the manager and demand my money back. Why then, was I so eager to sit in the back of a $27/hour lecture? Surely I would want to sit up front and centre for something I paid 4 times more for!
Armed with this comparison, I now have a reason to go to class (because it costs more than a movie), pay attention (because I wouldn’t text in a movie) and sit up front (because it costs more than a movie). So without further ado, on with the show!