Marble Pedestal: Professors who grant extensions

They're the ultimate MVPs, and you're probably in a class with one right now

We’ve all been there. You’ve been busy all week, and now you’re sitting in front of a blank document at 10:45 p.m. when the paper is due at 11:59 p.m.. Sometimes it’s procrastination, but life really does get the best of all of us sometimes.

This is where my knight in shining armour comes in: the extension. If you don’t ask for extensions left, right, and centre, what are you even doing? Get them while the getting is good! Professors are usually more than happy to give you more time if they know ahead of time, so why not take advantage of it?

Extensions have been my saving grace more than once. Sometimes, if you’re very polite, professors will even give you more than one. Those profs are the real MVPs. They move around their whole grading schedule just to accommodate you, and it’s high time they were recognized. Sick? Extension. Family stuff? Extension. Too hungover from wing Wednesday to get off the floor and finish sourcing? You guessed it: extension.

Though these profs really are our salvation sometimes, it’s important to remember that they’re people too. They have the right to not give you an extension, especially if you’re lying. If you can’t hand your paper in for a dumb reason, either leave it out or tell the truth: they’ll know if you’re lying, and then they’re less likely to give you what you so desperately need. If by some insane happenstance your dog actually does eat your homework, send a picture. They’ll laugh, and you’ll get the time you need. Regardless of your reasoning, you should be grateful for any extension. Professors don’t have to give them to us, and yet they do. For that, we are forever grateful.

Here’s to you, extension-granters: you are gods among mere mortals, and my GPA would suffer without you. We salute you for your schedule-changing ways, and offer our gratitude.

Payton Ferguson

Payton Ferguson is a English major by day, 2019-20 Opinion Editor for The Gateway by night (and also day). She enjoys long walks to the fridge, writing until her wrists ache, and bombarding social media with pictures of her chihuahuas.

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