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Discussion: Priorities

in: bhall; bhall > 2021-02-07

Feb 8, 2021 10:52 AM # 
khall:
Your ONLY priority right now is getting healthy. 8 hours a night is not enough sleep. You should be getting at least 10-12 hours of sleep a day. Everything else can wait. That is how you will get well. If you get behind with the work, then you do. That is much less important than your health. Other moms/parents, feel free to chime in here ... maybe she'll listen to you!
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Feb 8, 2021 12:11 PM # 
O Joy:
Yes, Bridget. As a parent and a university professor, I agree that you should be focusing on getting better and that means getting all the sleep you need. If you haven't already, reach out to your instructors to let them know that you are sick and work with them to get your school work done once you are better. They understand that assignments won't be done now.
Feb 8, 2021 4:18 PM # 
fossil:
Hi Bridget. Sorry to hear you're sick. I hope it passes quickly. I haven't had this particular bug but I've had the flu a number of times and copious sleep is always a big step in recovery. You don't have to get it all in one block but cumulatively 10-12 hours or even more in a day is a really good idea. Sometimes you just can't do more than 4-6 in a block due to head or lung congestion. Naps are good!

I'm remembering when I was a college freshman and we had a flu outbreak. On my floor of the dorm there were I think 2 people who were well and they were bringing meals to the rest of us from the dining hall. I had such a raging fever that I just crawled under my blankets and sleeping bag and just slept as much as possible. I kept alternating between waves of feeling too hot and too cold. This was back in the day when you didn't stay home when sick unless you absolutely couldn't drag yourself to work or class. Standard etiquette was to cough into your hand (yes, before it moved to the inner elbow) and there were no lectures about hand washing!

Don't put school work ahead of recovery. Your professors will give you extra time to make up your work but yes, communication there is key. Make sure to let them know you'll need it asap. Don't wait until something is late and don't lose sleep trying to keep up. When you feel good work on something that you like doing. When you feel lousy, sleep or watch a movie. Some day you will be telling your covid stories to young people who weren't here to live through it.
Feb 8, 2021 11:12 PM # 
cmpbllv:
Concur with all. What catches my attention is that COVID has such incredible neurological effects. To me, that suggests sleep is the single most important thing you can do right now, because your brain needs time to deal with the virus, and sleep is when brains handle house-cleaning and developmental tasks. My guess is that virus butt-kicking goes better during sleep, too.

I wish you some wonderful bouts of virus butt-kicking (or whatever viruses have...spike-kicking?). Beat this thing! School will be there when you're ready to take it on full force again.
Feb 9, 2021 5:03 AM # 
bhall:
I know that I need to sleep, and that resting is the most important thing right now, it's just hard because I know that I am going to be completely overwhelmed later if I don't do work now (I'm already behind and stressed about how much I have to do, and it's only going to get worse). The problem is that my school has done a different system this year in which we have two classes every day for seven weeks (half the semester) and then we switch to new classes. With this schedule, there really isn't any time to catch up after getting behind because grades are due pretty shortly after the end of classes so I don't really have much time to get an extension. So basically, I'm doing my best to sleep but I also really feel the need to get work done.
Feb 9, 2021 1:15 PM # 
O Joy:
Being sick and having to deal with your accelerated course work must be really hard and very stressful. Have you talked with your instructors and advisor about accommodations that can be made that will allow you get all of the rest you need so that you can recover? I expect there are many options for you including submitting your work later in this half-semester, taking an incomplete and agreeing to complete the work by some later date, and withdrawing from your classes. Even if you are past a withdrawal deadline, there may be the possibility to withdraw late due to illness. One of the reasons behind the 7-week semester may be to provide options in case students get sick for a few weeks and will only need to withdraw from two courses rather than losing the entire semester.

Right now, you need to focus on getting better. COVID can be so much more than a common cold that you would easily push through.
Feb 9, 2021 4:31 PM # 
cmpbllv:
Putting my policy hat on, I would have some strong words for any educational institution that did not bend over backwards to support its students during COVID. No policy decision should ever make you feel like you have to sacrifice your personal health to be successful. And no one should make you feel bad for asking, either.

Want me to yell at someone on your behalf? I can come up with all sorts of fancy titles to toss around as to why I have an interest in your wellbeing. (This is usually about the time that Anna starts pleading with mom to calm down and get out of making her life difficult, ha, ha,... ;-). But seriously, totally happy to help you think through how to communicate such a request if that's helpful.
Feb 9, 2021 5:43 PM # 
Suzanne:
Even if you’re optimizing only for grades still good to drop coursework now to focus on recovery and reduce the risk on having a “fuzzy brain” months from now. And, of course, health is more important than school. I also assume that the school will put some sort of policy in place afterwards regarding incomplete/makeup if so many students are affected.
Feb 10, 2021 5:12 AM # 
acjospe:
BRIDGET THIS DISEASE CAN LITERALLY KILL YOU. Contact your teachers and prioritize your goddamn sleep.
Feb 10, 2021 8:37 AM # 
Acampbell:
Just to chime in here but Em what’s the issue of withdrawing from a few classes? Health is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!!! also right now is crap to be a student I’d be dying to have another year or semester at the end of this as a “normal” student again! Plus sleeping now and just taking classes again later will probably give you better results in the work anyway. And lastly uni isn’t everything! Think of the response you can give to an interview of saying yep I had COVID during uni, I highlighted this and that and made these decisions to prioritize my health for the fastest recovery and the safest way to get better. That is also what people want their employees to be able to do not just grades.
Feb 10, 2021 9:24 AM # 
mrmoosehead:
Another vote for this course of action. Even from Irresponsible Uncle. You know it's the right thing to do. And the university/lecturers etc should know this.
If there's any comeback to a decision to prioritise health over keeping up right now, then they'll find that they will regret that stance.
Feb 10, 2021 1:09 PM # 
tonyf:
Bridget. Have you even told your (two?) Instructors that you have Covid and are sick and isolated???
Feb 11, 2021 3:38 PM # 
bhall:
My profs do know, and they've been quite understanding about it all, but I really feel like I am not sick enough to be dropping out of classes. I also really don't want to retake classes. I'm doing my best to rest and get sleep, and I am starting to feel a bit better.
Feb 11, 2021 8:03 PM # 
mrmoosehead:
It sounds like you are sick enough. We're just worried about you, ok? God knows, I'm the worst for rushing back into things, or trying to soldier on. Take my word for it, it's never the wisest course. Look after yourself, favourite niece.
Feb 11, 2021 9:04 PM # 
Acampbell:
We are all just looking at the long game for you as sometimes that’s hard when you’re in the thick of it! Trust me I’m horrible at it!! But really resisting a year isn’t a bad thing. And that I can say from experience. I did a year in Colorado before moving to Scotland. Heriot watt said they wouldn’t take me in to second year but would first, so I did it. Best decision ever and I had 6 years at uni. Best time of my life so far, so don’t wish it away! Also I want you on a team with me for years to come so please remember we have that view point too cus we care!

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