Okay I need to give as much background info as possible, I'm just wondering if anyone's had any similar experiences or can offer any insight: I'm in my third year and have severe anxiety problems that have persisted since before I started uni. The department are well aware of them, I have been enrolled on the Student Psychological Services and I am currently enrolled on the Disability Services, which makes it easier to get extensions quickly and so on. The department have always been understanding and given extensions when I've asked (which has been for every piece of work- 5 essays in counting), and they're always a week longer than the actual deadline. This year I massively ed up, my anxiety got unmanageable (intense panic attacks multiple times a day) and then unluckily I became really ill with glandular fever which meant I was in hospital for a few days but also just was really ill for a period of like 2 months, exhausted all the time, and found it really hard to focus. On top of this, I was diagnosed with severe anaemia whilst in hospital (which explains why I can never get out of bed lol) and had to have a blood transfusion. As a result, all the essays I've handed in have been late- even later than the extensions I was given, either by a couple of days or up to a week later than their new extensions. I have felt too nervous to bring this up with my tutor/course administrator because I'm terrified that they will say exactly what I expect them to: we gave you the standard concessions, and you still handed it in late, so you get the 15 marks deducted that people do when they hand in work late. This makes sense and I'm not saying I deserve special treatment. Plus, they're also approving an extension for my dissertation, and it all feels like I'm just pushing it. I wouldn't blame anyone for feeling completely fed up with me at this point. But 15 marks is a lot and, because its on every piece of work, will mean I graduate with a lower 2:1 or a 2:2. I was just wondering on the off chance how likely people think it is that if I go to them and ask them to reconsider the deadlines (that they already reconsidered for me), saying that it wasn't enough time and would they mind overlooking the marking penalties, they might see eye to eye? I *have* provided them with medical evidence, for both the anxiety (letters from my doctor and copies of my medication prescription) and from my glandular fever and stay in the intensive care unit (a copy of my discharge summary). I know it sounds bad, but I have dedicated all my time to working on this stuff. I've got high firsts, but if the marking penalties go through they will turn into 2:2s or 2:1s. What do people make of this? What would you expect them to do? Or have you had any similar experiences? Sorry for the essay and thank you in advance.
***EDIT*** also during this year, I had to live at home with my mum, who became ill early in the year (she's fine now) but who I had to look after on my own temporarily, because my grandma lives far away and my dad isn't in contact with us. This was a really big factor in worsening the anxiety- I did mention it to my tutor once so I think it's on record.
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