Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Keyword: Student Whining. REALLY

Received moments ago, exactly 9:17 p.m., two workdays AFTER the first deadline of the paper, and just hours PRIOR to the absolute deadline. Bold mine.

Dear Professor Pushover --
I really don't want to be a pain but I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish the [paper] by tonight. I've honestly been trying all day. The hardest thing for me are the graphs and I just don't feel like I can do them. I know that I did poorly on my previous [paper] and I really cannot afford to get a bad grade on this one. I am really afraid and stressed out about this. I know that I shouldn't have waited until the deadline to try and finish and I'm sorry. However, I would REALLY appreciate it if I could come to your office and have you help me with it and I could turn it in by tomorrow. I know that I am not any more special than any other student but I know that everyone just needs help once in a while. If you could please email me by tonight that would be greatly appreciatedor I'll call you office tomorrow morning. Thank you so much and I'm really sorry. If you have any questions my number is [###-###-###].

Really super sincerely,
Student X


Anonymous said...

So??? What did you do??

giddings said...

Eh. Let student turn it in with the expectation that it will be harshly discounted. She/he has already made his/her bed given the existing grades.

giddings said...

Update: I emailed the student immediately upon receipt of the email. Said they could find me in my office at that very moment if they wanted to stop by or call or come by my office hours today. I am now 3/4 of the way through my office hours and it is 18 hours later. Have I heard from him/her? No. Not a peep.

Anonymous said...

It's student's like this that ruin it for the one's that are truthful. . . I know there aren't many, but they do exist!