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    No idea where to put this, sorry.

    Ive just had a massive panic attack thinking about Uni, emailed all my department but for some reason no1 is back until the 7th Jan so its stress until then.

    Basically im in my 3rd year and ive been suffering from major depression and anxiety- seeing a therapist etc.

    Ive had a dissertation which im supposed to have been working on since last August (this is a seriously epic dissertation, im supposed to have got a CRB and gotten into schools for research etc). Now i didnt start working on it until November...yeh its my own fault, no one else to blame. Nowhere can take me on to do the research, I have contacted everywhere i could think of. I have no idea how to tell my project supervisor. THE DEADLINE IS START OF MARCH.

    I have exams throughout January- there is no way I am going to get this dissertartion in when i cant even get the research done.

    Another thing is, I do 2 subjects at Uni (my course has been stopped now due to the workload) but i basically have to do the same dissertation as everyone else but worth less credits as well as doing a dissertation in my other subject (this im almost finished).

    The only other thing i have thought of is basically when we applied to do the dissertation we had a choice over dissertation/extended essay (research essay). However, these have completely different project supervisors and everyone had to choose their topics by July last year. (However, they only actually start doing it from Mid january). So Im wanting to go in and ask if there is anyway at all I can swap from the research thing to doing the extended essay.

    What do you guys think? Considering the deadline to apply for the essay/topic was last July, but the actual work doesnt start until mid january do you reckon they will under any circumstance let me swap? I have been suffering depression, anxiety and have my GP to back me up and also found out a month ago my family are losing our home and ive had to move out and now live permanently at Uni.

    Another problem is, I dont even know if i HAVE to do a dissertation being a dual student and the only person in the department who knows what i need for my degree is away on maternity leave until February!! So even if i talk to my year supervisor, no one seems to have a clue about dual students (another reason its now been abolished).

    This is my only hope to pass the year, otherwise Im going to have to do the dissertation next year and i have no idea how that even works with finance etc being part time doing just 1 module.

    Any advice would be seriously welcomed.
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    think about someone whos not had food today in ethipia.
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    Firstly, breathe.
    If I were you I would talk to the project supervisor and explain your situation. I don't know exactly how submitting a dissertation works but perhaps you could get an extension or something. If that doesn't work then try to swap to the extended essay. You have other circumstances and you say you have your GP to back you up so that should help your case. Just try not to panic- nothing works well with panic, but talk to your project supervisor when they get back. They usually want you to pass so they should try to do what they can to help you.

    Hope this helps a bit
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    You still have several months, so if you approach the situation calmly now, you'll be fine. Do you have an email address or phone number of the woman on maternity leave? She might be willing to help even though she is away. You could also start thinking about how to approach people about switching to an essay. If you word your request well, it should work out. You might want to include some of the mitigating circumstances you've mentioned, but be sure to be polite. You should probably think about topics for the essay so that your proposal will have real substance and will show that you have put in some thought.
    Best wishes and good luck!
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    Okay , first off you have done everything you can in your power to sort this all out. There is nothing you can do, it's all in their hands now. If you can provide proof by your GP they normally never go against their advice because they know more medically about what you are going through . It's out of your control you need to try and relax and focus on more important things like your health!
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    (Original post by Nomad0)
    Firstly, breathe.
    If I were you I would talk to the project supervisor and explain your situation. I don't know exactly how submitting a dissertation works but perhaps you could get an extension or something. If that doesn't work then try to swap to the extended essay. You have other circumstances and you say you have your GP to back you up so that should help your case. Just try not to panic- nothing works well with panic, but talk to your project supervisor when they get back. They usually want you to pass so they should try to do what they can to help you.

    Hope this helps a bit
    This.
    For now though, just focus on your January exams. It may help to write a to-do list to refer to after Winter break, may reduce stress if you know what to do and when it should be done (with regards to contacting supervisor etc). But for now just focus on your exams so you can pass.
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    (Original post by Ice-Baby)
    No idea where to put this, sorry.

    Ive just had a massive panic attack thinking about Uni, emailed all my department but for some reason no1 is back until the 7th Jan so its stress until then.

    Basically im in my 3rd year and ive been suffering from major depression and anxiety- seeing a therapist etc.

    Ive had a dissertation which im supposed to have been working on since last August (this is a seriously epic dissertation, im supposed to have got a CRB and gotten into schools for research etc). Now i didnt start working on it until November...yeh its my own fault, no one else to blame. Nowhere can take me on to do the research, I have contacted everywhere i could think of. I have no idea how to tell my project supervisor. THE DEADLINE IS START OF MARCH.

    I have exams throughout January- there is no way I am going to get this dissertartion in when i cant even get the research done.

    Another thing is, I do 2 subjects at Uni (my course has been stopped now due to the workload) but i basically have to do the same dissertation as everyone else but worth less credits as well as doing a dissertation in my other subject (this im almost finished).

    The only other thing i have thought of is basically when we applied to do the dissertation we had a choice over dissertation/extended essay (research essay). However, these have completely different project supervisors and everyone had to choose their topics by July last year. (However, they only actually start doing it from Mid january). So Im wanting to go in and ask if there is anyway at all I can swap from the research thing to doing the extended essay.

    What do you guys think? Considering the deadline to apply for the essay/topic was last July, but the actual work doesnt start until mid january do you reckon they will under any circumstance let me swap? I have been suffering depression, anxiety and have my GP to back me up and also found out a month ago my family are losing our home and ive had to move out and now live permanently at Uni.

    Another problem is, I dont even know if i HAVE to do a dissertation being a dual student and the only person in the department who knows what i need for my degree is away on maternity leave until February!! So even if i talk to my year supervisor, no one seems to have a clue about dual students (another reason its now been abolished).

    This is my only hope to pass the year, otherwise Im going to have to do the dissertation next year and i have no idea how that even works with finance etc being part time doing just 1 module.

    Any advice would be seriously welcomed.
    1) Please go and see a counsellor about how you're feeling. It'll help get things off your chest, help de-stress you and think through your emotions in a calmer manner.
    2) This is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with and quite frankly it's quite bad that the university isn't supporting you in that they don't actually know whether you need to write this dissertation or not. This lack of clarity may have been one of the reasons why you didn't start work earlier in the first place.
    3) You have a serious reason for being behind the workload, in that you have severe depression. It's not as if you just don't care; you have a medical condition and are finding it quite hard at the moment. Please try and give yourself a break about how you're feeling.
    4) If I were in your position, I'd go to various departments in the university, explain the situation and then question just WHY no-one actually seems to know whether you can do a dissertation if you're a dual-course student. What do they expect you to do, randomly turn up with a piece of work in March without any proper support?!

    Hope this helps in any way - best of luck with it all.

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    If you can get a medical note they will easily give you an extension, my friend has depression 3rd year with a note he got offered extension or grade boosted in every exam/coursework/disso with possibility of uncapped remark but each uni will do it differently. Talk to your student support officer and take note from GP everything will be fine, my friend lied about some elbow injury got offered uncapped remarks or just they would not add one exam and calculate mean from the rest to give him a score, so because he got 65s in the year, they didnt take one exam mark and gave him 65 overall. Again, departments and uni's differ, but they will accept depression.
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    thanks everyone, all been very helpful
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    Talk to your project supervisor as soon as possible. I understand that Universities are fairly understanding when it comes to increasing deadlines when it comes to depression and anxiety.
    Meanwhile, i would just like to say i completely understand your stress. I also, suffered from depression and panic attacks due to stress. I think the best advice I can give (apart from seeing a therapist), is just to relax. Listen to music, exercise, and most importantly socialise. There is nothing worse than being holed up in your room all day, it simply worsens the depression and anxiety.
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    If you want to switch to the extended essay, definitley do some preparatory work for it so that they can see that you are trying as best you can. Also, when you go to speak to the various people at uni about your dissertation / extended essay, have your medical evidence of your depression and anxiety, i.e. a letter from your GP that explains your circumstances, with you. This will add weight to your argument for wanting to swap to the extended essay.

    Also, I think you do have time to do your dissertation if you are not allowed to swap to the extended essay. I changed my entire dissertation topic 6 weeks before the deadline so had to start again from scratch, research, reading, writing and all, and I managed it, it was very hard work, but it can be done. How many words does your dissertation have to be? As well as preparing a plan for your extended essay, just gather a few resources for your dissertation in case you end up having to do it. I'm not suggesting you spend ages doing this as I realise you have to study for your January exams, but if you can just make a small start, it will be so much easier to pick up from there than starting from absolute scratch if you do have to continue with your dissertation.

    I'm not saying this to scare you, but my uni was much less accommodating towards people with mitigating circumstances than some of the uni's described by the posters above me, and some very hard and fast evidence was required, so please get that letter from your GP sorted so you can go into this process with your evidence in your hand. With this evidence, you will be fine, they will have to work something out for you, but please don't go into this process without it.

    I have anxiety problems myself so feel free to PM me if you need to. Good luck with it all.
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    (Original post by Cringe)
    think about someone whos not had food today in ethipia.
    why...?
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    (Original post by cl_steele)
    why...?
    I think he's saying remember that there's always someone who's worse off than you, and things are never as bad as they seem..
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    (Original post by revise*more*now!)
    If you want to switch to the extended essay, definitley do some preparatory work for it so that they can see that you are trying as best you can. Also, when you go to speak to the various people at uni about your dissertation / extended essay, have your medical evidence of your depression and anxiety, i.e. a letter from your GP that explains your circumstances, with you. This will add weight to your argument for wanting to swap to the extended essay.

    Also, I think you do have time to do your dissertation if you are not allowed to swap to the extended essay. I changed my entire dissertation topic 6 weeks before the deadline so had to start again from scratch, research, reading, writing and all, and I managed it, it was very hard work, but it can be done. How many words does your dissertation have to be? As well as preparing a plan for your extended essay, just gather a few resources for your dissertation in case you end up having to do it. I'm not suggesting you spend ages doing this as I realise you have to study for your January exams, but if you can just make a small start, it will be so much easier to pick up from there than starting from absolute scratch if you do have to continue with your dissertation.

    I'm not saying this to scare you, but my uni was much less accommodating towards people with mitigating circumstances than some of the uni's described by the posters above me, and some very hard and fast evidence was required, so please get that letter from your GP sorted so you can go into this process with your evidence in your hand. With this evidence, you will be fine, they will have to work something out for you, but please don't go into this process without it.

    I have anxiety problems myself so feel free to PM me if you need to. Good luck with it all.
    thank you i found this really useful advice.
    m really hoping i can swap to the extended essay but sadly i cant do any prep as for starters i dont even know which supervisors have essay topics because like i say it was something we were supposed to decide on last year.

    Also, do you think its best if i see my project supervisor first or my head of year? i dont want to go to my supervisor and ask to drop the dissertation, and then find out from my head that i cant? but at the same time i dont want my supervisor to think i havent consulted with him!!

    I feel so stuck, but right now im trying to concentrate on my exams and other assignments
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    (Original post by Ice-Baby)
    thank you i found this really useful advice.
    m really hoping i can swap to the extended essay but sadly i cant do any prep as for starters i dont even know which supervisors have essay topics because like i say it was something we were supposed to decide on last year.

    Also, do you think its best if i see my project supervisor first or my head of year? i dont want to go to my supervisor and ask to drop the dissertation, and then find out from my head that i cant? but at the same time i dont want my supervisor to think i havent consulted with him!!

    I feel so stuck, but right now im trying to concentrate on my exams and other assignments
    Do you have a personal tutor? If you do, I would speak to them first as they are the person appointed by the university to help and guide you. Seek their advice on the best way to go about things - it is possible that they will offer to do some of the ground work for you in terms of speaking to the relevant people. At my uni though, none of the academic staff had any say whatsoever in matters such as these, you just had to submit your request with your medical evidence to a special committe and they decided upon the outcome and what you had to do. The academic staff just had to go along with whatever decision was made! Even if this is the case at your uni, your tutor should be familliar with this proceedure and should be able to tell you where to go and who to talk to to get the ball rolling. As I said before, go and see your GP asap and get your medical evidence sorted. As long as you have this, they will have to do something to help you.
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    (Original post by revise*more*now!)
    Do you have a personal tutor? If you do, I would speak to them first as they are the person appointed by the university to help and guide you. Seek their advice on the best way to go about things - it is possible that they will offer to do some of the ground work for you in terms of speaking to the relevant people. At my uni though, none of the academic staff had any say whatsoever in matters such as these, you just had to submit your request with your medical evidence to a special committe and they decided upon the outcome and what you had to do. The academic staff just had to go along with whatever decision was made! Even if this is the case at your uni, your tutor should be familliar with this proceedure and should be able to tell you where to go and who to talk to to get the ball rolling. As I said before, go and see your GP asap and get your medical evidence sorted. As long as you have this, they will have to do something to help you.
    Hey, thanks for your reply again.

    Sadly my personal tutor is away on paternity leave until February. I have twice emailed the head of my year to see if i could meet with him and he is just not replying.

    I have also been to my GP and have my medical evidence ready to take with me.

    Its all really frustrating!

    I have re
 
 
 
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