(Closed) Is my professor guilt-tripping me for missing one class when I was sick?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As a professor myself, I wouldn’t take his e-mail personally. He could just be sending out an e-mail because a large amount of the class wasn’t there. You could ask a classmate who attended if there was anything unusual that happened. I think it’s very unlikely he would e-mail the WHOLE class, just because you were the only one who was absent.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I really wouldn’t take this personally. I really really wouldn’t! It’s hard to read tone over the internet, but I highly doubt a professional would be *mad* at you for not attending class.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The whole “not contagious if you have symptoms” thing is bogus… that’s how germs spread, through signs and symptoms. I personally think it’s ridiculous that people are being ‘heroes’, but I wouldn’t get too overly worked up about it. You need time to rest so that you will bounce back and be healthier for it, more so than the rest of your class probably, because you actually took time to let your body heal.

I would give it a week or two and see how your class goes. I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

College classes are generally large, and if there was a mass sickness like you described, you surely weren’t the only one absent. As someone who is friends with a lot of profs, I have to say – most don’t follow their students closely enough to pick you out like that. I think you’re reading too much into this.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Honestly I wouldn’t take this email personally at all!

It is hard to tell peoples meanings through email. I am sure he meant nothing by it. I am a PhD student and a lot of professors come across as harsh in their emails but they never mean it that way!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I bet that other students were absent too—I don’t think it was targeted directly at you. And if it was a passive-agressive comment, then he is being a jerk and you should ignore him. Maybe he was still feeling under the weather himself and it put him in a bad email-writing mood. Regardless, feel better soon! Don’t worry about the recommendation stuff right now; just concentrate on your health and your studies.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I wouldn’t take it seriously either. On a completely unrelated note, how irresponsible of him to hold class when he had bronchitis! That’s probably why you’re sick! Feel better soon.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am also a professor and I agree, you should not take it personally. At our college, we have signs in every hallway urging those who are ill to STAY HOME!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You were sick, oh well if you couldn’t make it. I don’t think he takes it personally. I do find it strange, however, that he is holding classes at his house…I don’t think I would ever feel comfortable doing that as a college professor. And I didn’t think a school would allow something like that…

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