Posted 7/16/2013 7:37 AM (GMT -6)
Agree, agree Vitaka.
I had an undergraduate student last year with Crohns. She took a while to bring the paperwork from student disability services in. When she did, we had a talk. I disclosed my Crohns and then explained that a due date is a due date. She was taking speech comm., and frankly I do not do make-ups, on either performances or written work. I told her I expect clear and realistic communication from you. I can wiggle some on SOME written work, but the performance aspects of the class are all you, and are expected on time.
She did well on three projects, and had a huge flare during project #4, no work turned in. She passed the class with a low C. I think she appreciated that when she turned around and mouthed at me "Flare", I understood and really appreciated her work.
I agree with you, Minnie, to a certain point. Once you get through to the graduate level, your personal complications do not make that much difference. You either perform, or not. It's great if people understand, but I have never missed a due date, and have only cancelled class a few times in my twenty year career. Once with a vicious migraine that had me walking into things, several times when I had unstoppable vomiting, and once, memorably, when they wouldn't let me leave the hospital.
Anyway, my point is that we are all human, and therefore have problems of various magnitudes. The problems are no reason to not succeed; It's our job to make sure the work gets done, regardless of how we feel and what's going on. It's that stick-to-it-ivness that ultimately decides success.