What to do if you get sick College Life

Hello everyone:

Sometimes folks get sick. It happens. What do you do if you find you get sick during the term? Contact your professors immediately. Do not wait.

If possible, attach a doctor’s note saying that you are ill and under his or her treatment. I had one student who emailed me that he was on his way to the hospital with a life-threatening illness, but he still took the time to let me know.

What happens next? Your professor will usually work with you. Some schools allow for an Incomplete grade, giving you three weeks to make up missed work before you get an F for the class.

There is one caveat, though. Do you remember several years ago when the H1N1 virus was a big deal? I had one student who claimed to have it 5 times. Amazingly enough, it struck her every time a major assignment was due.  After a day or so, she made a miraculous recovery, having never gotten it at all. Funny thing, I had a student who actually got it but, because of the days it struck, she never missed a class or an assignment. Go figure.

So here’s the bottom line: only claim to be sick if you really are sick. Email me and let me know what’s happening and I will work with you.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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