I just had to share this story for a couple of reasons:
1) I'm totally in shock and wanted to share
2) Just in case it helps anyone here who would be in the same situation
So here's the story..This weekend, I had a big paper due and unfortunately I ended up with the absolute worst food poisoning of my life. Yes I spent Friday night in the ER.
Saturday I was still too sick to consider writing my paper and Sunday I didn't feel a lot better. However, I knew that I had to turn it in by Sunday evening, so I forced myself to do it.
This paper would have been hard enough in my condition, but it was covering a topic that didn't particularly interest me about two articles that I hadn't even finished reading. Not to mention that as you probably already know from my many other posts, my paper had to be written in Spanish. I really struggle in Spanish when I'm sick or tired, so all-in-all it was just a TERRIBLE paper. I was embarrassed to turn it in, but after a couple of miserable hours working on it, I briefly considered scanning a copy of my ER paperwork to explain the poor work, but knowing that teachers get excuses by the dozen, I just decided to suck it up and accept the bad grade that I would inevitably get.
Well.. yesterday our teacher posted on the class forum and said that he wasn't going to grade our papers from the weekend until we emailed him and analyzed our work based on his original criteria, told him what we should be graded and why. (I guess none of us did a good job!) Anyhow, I again considered scanning my ER paperwork and just saying "sorry I know it's bad, but I was deathly ill." Anyhow, instead I sent an honest critique of the paper, explaining exactly what I did wrong and why the paper was only a partial response to the initial assignment. I explained what I should do better if I were to re-write the paper and told him that at best, if he was very feeling generous, I should be graded an 80%.
I got my score this evening with 100% Turns out that no one did a good job and that the only ones that ended up with passing grades were those of us who were entirely honest and able to see where we went wrong. OMG.. I'm still totally in disbelief.