I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries.
So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and this weekend there was talk of traveling to Bangkok.
While they are quite aware of the coronavirus and the risks associated with travel at this time, the coronavirus does not seem to have really affected their attitude toward travel.
However, as the weekend got closer, more and more students were opting not to go, until finally there did not seem to be enough interest and they decided to stay in Singapore.
When I asked them if it was the coronavirus that kept them home, they almost unanimously said no, and replied that it was the stress associated with their upcoming Accounting test on Tuesday. They decided it would be better to stay home this weekend and study for the test.
My reaction to such news was mixed.
On the one hand, I was thrilled that they cared enough about the course to give up a weekend of travel so they could study.
On the other hand, I felt bad that an Accounting test was more stressful to them than the coronavirus.
What kind of teacher/monster am I that my tests are more worrisome than an international crisis?
I tried to tell myself that the students were just assessing the odds.
The chances of being affected by the coronavirus are really quite small; while the odds that the accounting exam was going to be a bit challenging were pretty high. So when making their decision to stay or go, the students likely didn’t even factor the coronavirus into their decision. Or if they did, they didn’t place much weight on it.
But the accounting test is real, and it is immediate, and so that is where their focus is. I hope the decision pays off for them and that they do well on the test.
But in reality, I’m much more concerned that they don’t get the virus.
I also hope they don’t start calling me CV Borden, telling people that my tests are worse than the coronavirus.
We’ll find out on Tuesday.
Please send positive thoughts their way…
16 thoughts on “Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?”
Hopefully, your test has a much higher survival rate…😁
Hahaha! Good one.
we all do!
Yeah, CV Anything is not good. Still, I’d take the stress of studying over working/career adult life stresses. Good luck to your students.
thanks, Michael. How true. Hopefully, they will look back on their college days fondly; I know I certainly do…
It’s good that they are taking their accounting course more seriously. Indeed, the chances of an accounting test being difficult when unprepared for is higher than the mortality rate of the corona virus (2.1% or something close). Hopefully, they would be able to enjoy these travels more once they are done with their studies.
While your students will loathe you now for the difficult accounting tests, they will thank you later once they pass the national certification. Be CV Borden, hahahaha! 😀
great points, jomz. I hope they do get a chance to travel at some point. And yes, accounting is a fine profession to go into!
Haha 😀 I sympathize with the students, but at the same time, I won’t move around even if I’m a travel bug because of this virus.
Thanks, Jessica, for your sympathy for the students!
Until they know someone with the virus, the threat to them is not real. Your test however is very much so, as they know what to expect in terms of toughness.
Good point, Tandy. The very realness and immediacy of the test is front of mind; the virus is in the back.
What kind of teacher/monster are you? I don’t know so I shall follow your blog to find out. In the meantime all the best to them on their accounting test Covid Borden.
thanks for your comment and the follow. I look forward to reading what you have to say as well. By the way, the students did quite well…
Thanks Jim! I appreciate the follow. Since we both teach business and accounting, you never know what we can learn from each other. I do have a couple of quizzes based on Managerial Accounting on the site. Feel free to use if that’s what you’re teaching.
I just took one of your quizzes – what a great idea. I am currently teaching Financial, but I prefer Managerial…. Thanks for letting me know about it!
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