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Unhappy School + Health problems... ? help. stressing... - November 5th 2010, 07:32 PM

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I've been sick for like 4 years with some very serious things. I had surgery, i've had many procedures done, i've had cat scans done, MRI'S, Xrays, Blood drawn, IV fluids, etc. Gone to the ER, Urgent Care and In and Out of doctors appointments. I haven't been at school all a lot, but i was looking online at my grade for math, and it said i was @ a C so i thought hey thats okay for when i've been gone. My teacher emailed me today, telling me (because i switched classes- math teachers) and they averaged out my grade, and its a D- now. I'm in such shock, Like thats going to look so horrible for college, AND on top of that, the "grade book" is closed.. so i can no longer get my grade up... I have a lot of doctor excuses, etc. and what am i going to do when i go to college, what are they going to think about that?!?

sorry stressing to the max..
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Re: School + Health problems... ? help. stressing... - November 5th 2010, 07:38 PM

Hey there.

I'm really sorry you have been going through this. I would like to say that I am glad you are still caring about your grades. A lot of people would more then likely just give up if they were in your shoes. I am glad you haven't given up.

To fix your grade. You can always retake the course in summer school, or again the next year/semester. If that doesn't work, when you fill out a college app, they most times have you do an essay. If you get to choose the topic, let them know of your illness, and how that has affected you. They will then see the reflection upon the grades and essay. Colleges really look for people who stand out.

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Re: School + Health problems... ? help. stressing... - November 5th 2010, 07:56 PM

thank you so much.
that really means a lot.
its just difficult..
& i you think that if i write in my application about my illness and get letter of rec. that that'll help?
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Re: School + Health problems... ? help. stressing... - November 6th 2010, 06:26 PM

Don't worry about it...and I admire your fighting spirit.
Yes, I think if you write about your illness and a letter of recommendation, then at least 2 or 3 colleges will accept you.
I am ill a lot as well, but I go to school still...last February I missed around 15 days of school with doctor's appointments.
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Re: School + Health problems... ? help. stressing... - November 6th 2010, 07:54 PM

I'm in university and they're not going to be terribly worried if one of your grades is down compared to the others. I don't know what grade of school you're in but if it's not senior year, most places aren't going to care. They'll receive the grades but it's not of much concern to them. If you did have medical reasons for being absent, your grades shouldn't be decreasing. Try a summer school course because if the grade for that course is higher, although the first grade will be shown on the academic record, the higher one will be the one that counts.

In university, it will be different because assigned homework questions often aren't marked. If you miss a test, one of three things can happen. First, you do not do a make-up test but the weight of that test is transferred to the next test. I've had this happen to me a few times and the test content is the same as everyone else's, only instead of being worth, say, 20%, it's worth say 40%. Second, you get to do a make-up test and for some courses, the make-up test is harder although it shouldn't be, sometimes professors do this since you get extra time to study. Third, you get neither and it's a zero. You'll find though that the process involves more bureaucracy so handing in a doctor's note won't work, you often need to fill out a form, have the doctor fill some of it out, attach the note, etc... . You also don't hand it into the professor because it goes to the department of the course and they decide if you are allowed to re-write, have weight transferred or neither.

Depending on your illness, you can mention it for disability (or whatever the place calls it).

But I was in a similar situation as you were. I missed about 2 weeks of class for third-year university courses and 1 second year course. In the process, I missed 2 tests and 1 I got to re-write while the other is still in processing as to whether I'll get the weight transferred or not. It sucks and it's worrisome but if worse comes to worse, do summer courses.

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