As most of you know I am studying my Masters in Psychology. The course is quite demanding and is busy with a lot of course work. When I meet with my Disability Advisor, she agreed that I could have a 1 week extension on my coursework as I cannot sit at the computer for long periods of time.
So .. I got an extension for coursework that was due last week, which was find. I now have another piece of coursework which is due tomorrow, so I send the course coordinator who deals with extensions a email and an extension request form yesterday. I've waited about worrying all day because the original deadline is tomorrow! I eventually decided to phone him to ask if he got the email and if it was possible to get an extension. His reply was ..
"Will you be wanting an extension for every piece of coursework? Why don't you plan you time more effectively and then you wouldn't be needing an extension? and why do you need these extensions?!
Well I explained that I have no idea if I will need an extension because I have chronic pain in my neck, back and shoulders which is constant and so unpredictable. I can't sit at the computer for hours like other students, or stay up all night finishing essays.
I was so upset by his comments and I have tears in my eyes as I am typing this. No one seems to understand that, even though I am 23, I cannot do what everyone else in my class does, I need some adaptations for my course work and exams etc.
I also emailed my Disability Advisor saying that I they are not happy about giving extensions, when I genuinely need them and asked if they should be asking personal questions about why I need the extension.
I'm just so tired, upset, annoyed and disappointed, I just want to go to bed and curl up in a big ball!