A student was struggling. The committee on which I was serving had already placed him on probation. It could now ask him to leave the college.
The student asked the committee for more time in which to improve his academic record. He listed the special problems that had affected his performance. He had come to the college with an addiction to games. by his own account, he sat in front of his computer day or night, day after day, skipping meals, getting little sleep, ignoring responsibilities, all the while captivated by the entertainment on his computer’s screen. Then, he told us, “for no reason at all my girlfriend left me.”