Can we see your logs? I know I wouldn't kick a good raider if real life crept up for a couple weeks.
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TLDR: Kicking you is perhaps a little far but its pretty much what happens if you aren't showing up to raids ect... Also as someone else pointed out, high school really is a breeze, seriously, one day you will look back and be like man I wish I could go back and bludge in high school again... I know I already do (im 26 now) University is much more full on workload that will require you to be doing hours of homework pretty much everyday in order to get good grades.
Anyways, honestly man I wouldn't get so offended that your kicked from the guild if you really want to experience the game (in my opinion) being in such an elitist guild is the wrong way to go about it, the most fun I ever had on WoW was being in a more relaxed guild where everyone was very social and got along well, you looked forward to logging in to catch up with friends instead of just logging in for some ipoints. These kinds of guilds can still progress very well, my guild did most current content (including hardmodes) for 3 xpacs while being a casual guild.
2. GM made a call that seemed to be the best intrest of the guild. He could be wrong about it, but he could also have been right. Unless you raided with OP don't judge him. (in general, not directed at you)
3. If his dad told him to study for exams and not play WoW he most likely had a reason for it, like bad grades in the past. There are really smart people who have a hard time studying stuff just as there are retards out there who can parrot any text book in a 1 time read for a few days.
4. I understand OP being pissed about it as I have been in his exact position multiple times. Not getting to do what you want is annoying, even if you know your parents are making the right call. (atleast I knew my parents were wrong)
5. If you had given a few weeks notice like most raiding teenagers do (I did it as well) that during exams you either could not raid or would have a hard time doing so than the GM would maybe have just put you back on trial or do nothing at all. You basicly showed your GM that you can not be counted on when something unexpected happens.
Protip: The second you pass your trials and you find a fitting moment (casual talk) tell a GM, Officers or raidleader that during exams your raiding schedule might be chaotic. But also tell them you will keep them up to date few weeks in advance every time so he can plan ahead for backups.
Consider it practice for when you get a job...your boss will want to know when you will be available for work as well.
Thats why you don't allow minors to join your guild. If you can't decide upon your own sparetime raiding is a bad choise.
Study and don't worry about WoW. Best not exchange your real world responsibilities for in-game fun.
Still, it's a tad silly for your old GM to preach to you about time management. Unless he has gone through the same process, those of us who live in countries with education systems that have rigorous secondary/high school standards know year-end or end-of-term finals are basically crunch times. You shouldn't - and I hope you don't - feel bad about that.
Bottom line, WoW will be here after your exams. Go study and do well.
I think that's the telling line. Generally, it's tougher for young players to keep a raiding schedule as well as older players and this can be completely out of their own hands.I need to have much better time management
We don't have the full story here, so it's hard to pass judgement. That said, there are a couple of things to note about your (ex) GM, based on the information you've given us.
An immediate guild kick is poor management. If it's true that your time management has been poor, then he should have already spoke to you about this. If he had already spoke to you about it, he should have demoted you to a social, instead of kicking you from the guild straight away.
If all of this is purely because you can't Raid for the two weeks you were telling him about (two weeks when you're just farming content) then he's a terrible GM. You mentioned you're on a low pop server, so chances are recruitment is tough. If he's kicked you (a raider who turns up and does his job well from what you've told us) purely because you can't make 2 weeks of Raiding, then he better have a good replacement coming in for you.
Edit: Also, for all of the responses telling OP about how his Dad's right: he gets it. He's not here complaining about his dad or that he's having to miss out on 2 weeks of raiding to focus on exams, he's complaining about his GMs terrible behaviour towards that.
Education seem far more important in other parts of the world. In the US, it's almost impossible to not get a high school diploma if you put in even one ounce of effort, and there are many colleges that will take you just for having a diploma.
No idea what it's like in Australia, but if getting a high paying job just for the money is something you don't want to do, then why put so much effort in school? If it is something you want to do, then yes, studying would be more important in this scenario. There is no point in having a "successful" career if you don't even want to be there.
If you were only part of the guild for a few months, and for several weeks of that have had attendance issues, there's no reason for the guild to feel like they should be giving progression kills or gear to a raider who is unreliable.
Being unreliable because of school or work does not mean you are bad or that you are in any way wrong to prioritize those things. If you want to do both, you may need to work on managing your time and your schedule better. If you legitimately don't have time, or aren't able to set aside the time to make scheduled raid nights, try casually running Flex in 5.4.
OP are you in like Phillips Exeter or another top notched private school? I don't know any public high school that requires 2 weeks of studying to do decent on final exams. Heck I'm in college and I raided the week before my finals and still got As and Bs.
If you're having trouble with exams now (Which I guess you do, why else would your dad "suspend" you from wow for 2 weeks), please just study and forget about wow. When I was around your age, well, a bit younger even (think 14), I focussed totally on WoW and the killraces in vanilla + TBC, raiding 7 days a week, including 14:00-->00:00 on weekends, failed a year in school which I had to redo etc.
Until this day, I still have problems when it comes to learning and general schoolwork, I really missed the basics and the foundation of a lot of things with my "[Raid/Farm/Herb all week--->no time to learn so; learn the night before exam/test-->do test-->get A+--->forget it all 2 hours later and gogo raid/farm/herb]"-way back then. Medical school for me is still hell at times now, I never really learned how to "remember" what I studied in the past from back then. Especially the first year I really lacked a lot of knowledge my fellow students did have.
So especially at your age, avoid getting any trouble later on and just focus on your education or you might regret it. (Maybe you can handle it of course, I wouldn't say I failed but I did have so much unneeded shit to deal with because of vanilla raiding, such a waste)
Your GL is a douche who puts a video game ahead of real life. You're better off without him. Best of luck to you on your exams, and I hope you find another guild that doesn't put server pixels ahead of things which will have an actual impact on your life.