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General Concerns
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GENERAL CONCERNS
“Last month I had to leave for home in Mexico,
because my grandmother was having a very serious
surgery. All my teachers were very supportive. my
instructor sent me emails asking how I was doing
when I was back home and let me make up a
discussion section to keep my grade from falling
dramatically. The TA for my positive psychology
class, contacted the professor, and they let me take
the test on a different day. N. in my research lab,
was also very nice about it, and the professor
supervising the work done, was very understanding
and available.”
—Anonymous
“I invite students who I think may be in distress to meet with
me. Many of them open up and tell me exactly what's wrong
the moment I ask, "How's it going?" They may not have
sought help on their own, but it's like they've been waiting for
someone to offer it. I think that students can tell when you
have a genuine interest in helping them, and they respond to
that.”
- Sharon A. Caraballo, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs,
Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University