By Dr. Eileen Wirth
There’s nasty stuff going around campus during midterms, just when all of us can least afford to get sick. For the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten many emails like these:
Hi Dr. Wirth – Sorry I can’t make it to class because I feel awful…
Hi Dr. Wirth—I hate to miss class but I’ve got strep and I’m still contagious…
Dear Dr. Wirth—I threw up twice last night. I hope I’ll be better by Thursday …
It’s obvious these students aren’t faking because they often look half dead when they return to class. Professors are not immune from illness either. A member of my department was hospitalized last week; now he’s trying to figure out how to cover everything he missed.
So what do you do if you get ill during midterms? There aren’t any good answers but start by contacting your professors to see if you can take a test later in the week or even after break if you are really sick. For something major, get a doctor’s note documenting your illness.
Since midterm exams typically count heavily, you are probably terrified of what illness could do to your course grade.
Most Creighton professors are reasonably understanding but it’s tough to reschedule a midterm. Often this requires altering a test to ensure that the late exam taker hasn’t gotten feedback from classmates. However since we all know that lots of students are genuinely ill and we hate to penalize you for something that isn’t your fault, you should at least inquire about alternatives.
If you are still healthy, try to stay that way. Wash your hands frequently, drink lots of liquids and don’t pull all nighters. Even during midterms, sleep is important. Being rested may not only make you less susceptible to the bugs going around but also help you recall all the information you’ve crammed.
Good luck! Spring break is almost here and we’ve all earned it.