Hey Lil Lamb,
what course you doing and at what uni?
i've failed too, great aint it? just do the resits, and if not, get a job, degrees, despite what all the goobs here say, aint the be all and end all of life, degrees are pretty **** now-a-days. you'll graduate and still be stackin' shelves.
i think you admit you messed up, and next year will be a lot easier now you have a good base. As long as you dont get bored we resiting it. What course were you doing?
Your in for an earful, you can count on that. I'm half malaysian and I failed my first year. I was hoping the plane back from Engerland would crash or something to escape my father's wrath. That was 5 years ago. I'm in the final year of my second degree. I never screwed up again.
Write a letter to the relevant big wig, admit you realise you need to but in more effort, but then point out the failings of the uni regarding the lectures strikes etc, and tell them what you want - that under the exceptional circumstances of the strike and the accommpanied lack of support students received, that you would like the university to make amends by allowing you the opportunity to resit the relevant papers...
Hmm - and as for your dad being ill - that sort of thing usually comes fairly high up on the list of exceptional circumstance...